Advertisement

Directions in Space, Nonconceptual Form and the Foundations of Transcendental Idealism

  • Robert HannaEmail author
Chapter

Abstract

The central aim of this chapter is to demonstrate an essential connection between Kant’s nonconceptualism and his transcendental idealism by tracing this line of thinking in Kant’s work directly back to his pre-Critical essay of 1768, Concerning the Ground of the Ultimate Differentiation of Directions in Space aka “Directions in Space”. What I shall argue is that Kant’s nonconceptualism about the human mind goes all the way down into his metaphysics; that the apparent world fundamentally conforms to human sensibility even if it does not fundamentally conform to the human understanding; and that the basic source of all this is Kant’s (pre-Critical but later also Critical) theory of space and how we represent it.

Keywords

Human Mind Representational Content Human Understanding Human Sensibility Phenomenal World 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Bibliography

  1. Allais, Lucy. 2009. Kant, Non-Conceptual Content and the Representation of Space. Journal of the History of Philosophy 47(3): 383–413.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Bauer, N 2012. A Peculiar Intuition: Kant’s Conceptualist Account of Perception. Inquiry 55(3): 215–237.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Bermúdez, J., and A. Cahen. 2015. Nonconceptual Mental Content. In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, ed. E. Zalta, http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/fall2015/entries/content-nonconceptual/.
  4. Bowman, B. 2011. A Conceptualist Reply to Hanna’s Kantian Non-Conceptualism. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19(3): 417–446.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Evans, G. 1982. The Varieties of Reference. In ed. J. McDowell (Oxford: Clarendon Press).Google Scholar
  6. Ginsborg, H 2006a. Empirical Concepts and the Content of Experience. European Journal of Philosophy 14(3): 349–372.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. ——— 2008. Was Kant a Nonconceptualist? Philosophical Studies 137(1): 65–77 [also published in D. Heidemann (2013), pp. 208–18.].CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Golob, S. 2014. Kant on Intentionality, Magnitude, and the Unity of Perception. European Journal of Philosophy 22(4): 505–528.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. Griffith, A. 2012. Perception and the Categories: A Conceptualist Reading of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. European Journal of Philosophy 20(2): 193–222.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. Grüne, S 2009. Blinde Anschauung. Die Rolle von Begriffen in Kants Theorie sinnlicher Synthesis. Frankfurt a/M: Klostermann.Google Scholar
  11. Hanna, R. 2001. Kant and the Foundations of Analytic Philosophy. Oxford: Clarendon Press.Google Scholar
  12. Hanna, R 2005. Kant and Nonconceptual Content. European Journal of Philosophy 13(2): 247–290.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. ——— 2006. Kant, Science, and Human Nature. Oxford: Clarendon Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. ——— 2008. Kantian Non-Conceptualism. Philosophical Studies 137(1): 41–64.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. ——— 2015. Cognition, Content, and the A Priori. Oxford: Oxford University Press.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. ——— 2016a. Blind Intuitions, Essentially Rogue Objects, and Categorial Anarchy.Google Scholar
  17. ——— 2016b. Sensibility First: From Kantian Non-Conceptualism to Kantian Non-Intellectualism.Google Scholar
  18. Hanna, R., and M. Chadha. 2011. Non-Conceptualism and the Problem of Perceptual Self-Knowledge. European Journal of Philosophy 19(2): 184–223.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. Heck, R 2009. Are There Different Kinds of Content? In Contemporary Debates in Philosophy of Mind, eds. B. McLaughlin and J. Cohen, 117–138. Malden, MA: Wiley.Google Scholar
  20. Laiho, H. 2012. Perception in Kant’s Model of Experience. Ph.D. dissertation: University of Turku.Google Scholar
  21. Land, T. 2011. Kantian Conceptualism. In Rethinking Epistemology, eds. G. Abel et al., 197–239. Berlin: de Gruyter.Google Scholar
  22. McDowell, J 1994. Mind and World. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  23. ——— 2009. Having the World in View: Essays on Kant, Hegel, and Sellars. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.Google Scholar
  24. ——— 2013. The Myth of the Mind as Detached. In Mind, Reason and Being-in-the-World. The McDowell-Dreyfus Debate, ed. J. Schear, 41–58. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  25. McLear, C. 2011. Kant on Animal Consciousness. Philosophers’ Imprint 11(15): 1–16.Google Scholar
  26. McLear, C 2015. Two Kinds of Unity in the Critique of Pure Reason. Journal of the History of Philosophy 53(1): 79–110.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  27. Onof, C., and D. Schulting. 2015. Space as Form of Intuition and as Formal Intuition: On the Note to B160 in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Philosophical Review 124(1): 1–58.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Pippin, R 2013. What is “Conceptual Activity”? In Mind, Reason and Being-in-the-World. The McDowell-Dreyfus Debate, ed. J. Schear, 91–109. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  29. Rohs, P. 2001. Bezieht sich nach Kant die Anschauung unmittelbar auf Gegenstände? In Akten des 9. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses. Bd. II, eds. R.-P. Horstmann et al., 214–228. Berlin and New York: de Gruyter.Google Scholar
  30. Schulting, D 2015b. Probleme des “kantianischen” Nonkonzeptualismus im Hinblick auf die B-Deduktion. Kant-Studien 106(4): 561–580.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  31. Sellars, W. 1963. Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind. In Science, Perception, and Reality, ed. W. Sellars, 127–196. New York: Humanities Press.Google Scholar
  32. Sellars, W 1968. Science and Metaphysics: Variations on Kantian Themes. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.Google Scholar
  33. Tolley, C. 2013. The Non-Conceptuality of the Content of Intuitions: A New Approach. Kantian Review 18(1): 107–136.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  34. Wenzel, C. 2005. Spielen nach Kant die Kategorien schon bei der Wahrnehmung eine Rolle? Peter Rohs und John McDowell. Kant-Studien 96(4): 407–426.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  35. Williams, J. 2012. How Conceptually-Guided are Kantian Intuitions? History of Philosophy Quarterly 29(1): 57–78.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarOxfordUSA

Personalised recommendations