Possible Experience: Understanding Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

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University of California Press, Feb 1, 1999 - Philosophy - 219 pages
Arthur Collins's succinct, revisionist exposition of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason brings a new clarity to this notoriously difficult text. Until recently most readers, ascribing broadly Cartesian assumptions to Kant, have concluded that the Critique advances an idealist philosophy, because Kant calls it "transcendental idealism" and because the work abounds in apparent confirmations of that interpretation.

Collins maintains not only that this reading of Kant is false but also that it conceals Kant's real achievements. To counter it, he addresses the themes and passages in the Critique that seem to require an idealist thesis and shows how they may be better understood without ascribing any idealist philosophy to Kant. His account coheres with Kant's explicit "refutations" of idealism, it fits Kant's rejection of the imputation of idealism to him by early critics and readers, and it validates Kant's contention that the second edition of the Critique changes the expression but not the doctrine of the first.
 

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Contents

Kant and the Cartesian Philosophy of Mind
1
Subjectivism versus Idealism
8
Idealism and Transcendental Idealism
20
Are ThingsinThemselves Noumena?
26
The Concept of Representation
31
Space Is in Us
60
Outer Causes of Percepnon
73
Kant Not a Foundationalist
82
The Clue for Finding the Categories
101
The Parallelism of Inner and Outer Sense
107
The Subject of Experience
121
How Representations Make Objects Possible
140
Objects and Empirical Realism
143
The Idealistic Understanding of Kants Theoretical Philosophy
153
Notes
183
Index
199

The HowPossible Questions
91

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About the author (1999)

Arthur Collins is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of The Nature of Mental Things (1987) and Thought and Nature: Studies in Rationalist Philosophy (1985).

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