Transcendental idealism and direct realism in Kant
Sopuck, Forrest Adam
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Kant scholarship has a long, rich history of disagreement and interpretive reservations regarding the Critique of Pure Reason. One disagreement is over whether the first Critique contains a sufficient proof of the doctrine of transcendental idealism. Another disagreement revolves around the question of whether Kant’s doctrine of transcendental idealism and its associated metaphysical/epistemological terms conflict with direct realism – a view that Kant also appears to be committed to. This thesis evaluates what Henry Allison, in his work entitled: Kant’s Transcendental Idealism: an Interpretation and Defense (1983), sets forth as the direct proof for transcendental idealism given in the first Critique. The inter-theoretical relation between transcendental idealism and direct realism is also evaluated, and argument is given for considering the two doctrines as consistent with one another after all.
DegreeMaster of Arts (M.A.)
CommitteeHowe, Leslie; Regnier, Daniel; Zichy, Francis; Pfeifer, Karl
Copyright DateDecember 2009
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