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Kantian Humility Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves

ISBN-10: 0199243174

ISBN-13: 9780199243174

Edition: 2001

Authors: Rae Langton

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Rae Langton offers a new interpretation and defence of Kant's doctrine of things in themselves. Kant distinguishes things in themselves from phenomena, and in so doing he makes a metaphysical distinction between intrinsic and relational properties of substances. Kant says that phenomena--things as we know them--consist 'entirely of relations', by which he means forces. His claim that we have no knowledge of things in themselves is not idealism, but epistemic humility: we have no knowledge of the intrinsic properties of substances. This humility has its roots in some plausible philosophical beliefs: an empiricist belief in the receptivity of human knowledge and a metaphysical belief in the irreducibility of relational properties. Langton's interpretation vindicates Kant's scientific realism, and shows his primary/secondary quality distinction to be superior even to modern-day competitors. And it answers the famous charge that Kant's tale of things in themselves is one that makes itself untellable.
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Book details

List price: $55.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 3/29/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Australian National University

Introduction
An Old Problem
Three Kantian Theses
Substance and Phenomenal Substance
Leibniz and Kant
Kant's Rejection of Reducibility
Fitting the Pieces Together
A Comparison with Locke
Kant's 'Primary' Qualities
The Unobservable and the Supersensible
Realism or Idealism?
Bibliography
Index