Closing the Gap: Kant’s Transcendental Idealism & the Neglected Alternative


Channel: Philosophy Overdose
Duration: 50:31
Description: In this talk, Tobias Rosefeldt proposes a new answer to the “neglected alternative” objection to Kant’s argument for transcendental idealism. According to Kant’s transcendental idealism, space and time are forms of our intuition and not mind-independent things in themselves. One of Kant’s arguments is that, if space and time were things in themselves, it would not actually be possible for us to have the *a priori* intuitions of space and time that we do have. One objection to this argument is to suggest that space and time might be both forms of intuitions AND things in themselves. This objection is sometimes called the neglected alternative. Tobias Rosefeldt defends Kant against this particular objection. This talk was given by Tobias Rosefeldt in February 2016 at the University of London, as part of the Aristotelian Society. Tobias Rosefeldt is professor of philosophy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He works on Kant’s theoretical philosophy and has written a book on Kant’s theory of the self. He is currently interested in giving an interpretation of Kant’s distinction between appearances and things in themselves that is able to solve some of the notorious problems with it. He is also interested in contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of language and tries to show that you can believe that there are things that do not exist without being a Meinongian.
Published: February 26, 2016 5:27 am

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