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Title: Synthesis and harmony : a study of Kant's theory of sensible experience in the Critique of pure reason
Author: Renton, Paul
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2013
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In this thesis I argue that Kant's model of cognition is best considered as a modified version of Locke's representationalism. My argument presents a balanced approach to reading Kant, which acknowledges that in practice the systematic nature in which we represent the world is the result of a combination of internal and external factors. The possibility of cognition rests, not only on the nature of the cognitive faculties and our capacity to represent in general, but also upon the nature of the metaphysical world and its relation to sensibility. As I present Kant, the possibility of representing a world is dependent upon our general capacity to combine, the suitability of the given content of the manifold in sensibility to combination of this kind, and the nature of the metaphysical world that determines the content of the manifold. Initially I draw the parallel between Locke and Kant on the suggestion of Kant himself in the Prolegomena. Much of what Locke says is easily found in Kant, except for claim that ideas are reducible to their causes or that ideas are isomorphic to the things that produce the ideas in us. I think we can find isomorphism in Kant and I present a reading of his main doctrines that is, not only consistent with an isomorphic relation between representation and the metaphysical world, but the most appropriate reading given the general task he sets for the Critique.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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