Apperception and Self-Consciousness in Kant and German Idealism

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Bloomsbury Publishing, Oct 1, 2020 - Philosophy - 256 pages
In Apperception and Self-Consciousness in Kant and German Idealism, Dennis Schulting examines the themes of reflexivity, self-consciousness, representation and apperception in the philosophy of Immanuel Kant and German Idealism more widely. Central to Schulting's argument is the claim that all human experience is inherently self-referential and that this is part of a self-reflexivity of thought, or what is called transcendental apperception, a Kantian insight that was first apparent in the work of Christian Wolff and came to inform all of German Idealism.

In this rigorous text, Schulting establishes the historical roots of Kant's thought and traces it through to his immediate successors, Karl Leonhard Reinhold, Johann Gottlieb Fichte and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel. He specifically examines the cognitive role of selfconsciousness and its relation to idealism and situates it in a clear and coherent history of rationalist philosophy.
 

Contents

Ineliminably Reflexive Human Experience
1
Kants Copernican Hypothesis
15
Apperception and the LeibnizianWolffian Background
47
4 Apperception SelfConsciousness and SelfKnowledge in Kant
71
5 Reflexivity Intentionality and Animal Perception
93
6 Disciple or Renegade? On Reinholds Representationalism the Principle of Consciousness and the Thing in Itself
115
Fichte Hegel and Pippin
141
8 On the Kinship of Kants and Hegels Metaphysical Logics1
165
9 Hegel Transcendental Philosophy and the Myth of Realism
187
Notes
201
Bibliography
229
Index
237
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Dennis Schulting is an independent scholar and the former Assistant Professor of Metaphysics and the History of Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is the founding editor and manager of the online journal Critique and has published numerous books including The Bloomsbury Companion to Kant (Bloomsbury, 2015).

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