XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

How Robust is Kant’s Realism

Manfred Weltecke

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: Auditorium
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 12 aprile 2010

Abstract

Kant is usually taken to be an idealist. Although it is acknowledged that there is a sense in which he is also a realist it is generally assumed that his idealism is primary and that whatever realism we find in Kant is merely a concession he makes from within a framework which is basically and in the final analysis an idealist framework. This paper challenges this interpretation. It pursues the question whether there is an alternative possibility for understanding the status of the realism of Kant’s epistemology. It examines the question whether it is possible to view Kant's empirical realism and his transcendental idealism as coordinate and interdependent and looks for exegetical room that would allow for such a reading.