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New Meetup: Emmanuel Kant's Transcendental Idealism

From: Steve
Sent on: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:25 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Emmanuel Kant's Transcendental Idealism

When: June 28,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Immanuel Kant [masked]) is one of the most influential philosophers in the history of Western philosophy. His contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics have had a profound impact on almost every philosophical movement that followed him.

At our next gathering, Plato's Cave philosophers will take a look at one of the central concepts in Kant's philosophy -- transcendental idealism. Kant claimed that the mind of the knower makes an active contribution to the experience of objects before us. Kant's arguments are designed to show the limitations of our knowledge. The Rationalists believed that we could possess metaphysical knowledge about God, souls, substance, and so; they believed such knowledge was transcendentally real. Kant argues, however, that we cannot have knowledge of the realm beyond the empirical. That is, transcendental knowledge is ideal, not real, for minds like ours. Kant identifies two a priori sources of these constraints. The mind has a receptive capacity, or the sensibility, and the mind possesses a conceptual capacity, or the understanding.

Another way to understand Kant's point here is that it is impossible for us to have any experience of objects that are not in time and space. Furthermore, space and time themselves cannot be perceived directly, so they must be the form by which experience of objects is had. A consciousness that apprehends objects directly, as they are in themselves and not by means of space and time, is possible--God, Kant says, has a purely intuitive consciousness--but our apprehension of objects is always mediated by the conditions of sensibility. Any discursive or concept using consciousness like ours must apprehend objects as occupying a region of space and persisting for some duration of time.

Join Plato's Cave philosophers as we take a look at the transcendental idealism of Emmanuel Kant.

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