Précis of manifest reality: Kant’s idealism and his realism
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Manifest Reality presents an interpretation of Kant’s transcendental idealism. One of my central aims is to find a way of understanding Kant’s position that does justice to his being an idealist—his holding that physical objects in space and time depend on our minds in some sense and to some extent—at the same time as accommodating his explicit rejection of understanding this mind-dependence as anything like a Berkelean kind of idealism which sees physical objects as existing as constructions out of what exists merely in the mind. Further, I aim to do this in a way that accommodates Kant’s holding that the things that appear to us have a way they are in themselves, independently of us, that grounds the way they appear to us, and which we cannot cognize. Finally, I aim to present an interpretation that illuminates the connections between transcendental idealism and Kant’s account of cognition, with respect to both empirical and metaphysical cognition.
The book is divided into three...