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Kantian Humility

Our Ignorance of Things in Themselves

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Kantian Humility by 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.

Author Biography

Rae Langton is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh
Release date NZ
July 30th, 1998
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Clarendon Press
Pages
248
Dimensions
162x243x19
ISBN-13
9780198236535
Product ID
1858640

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