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The World, the Flesh and the SubjectContinental Themes in Philosophy of Mind and Body$
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Paul Gilbert and Kathleen Lennon

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780748614981

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614981.001.0001

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The Constraints of Experience

The Constraints of Experience

(p.27) 2 The Constraints of Experience
The World, the Flesh and the Subject

Paul Gilbert

Kathleen Lennon

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explains how continental thinkers have tried to expose the linkage between experience and life in virtue of which our thoughts are intelligibly constrained by what experience reveals to us. Each tries, in a different way, to escape the problem for accounts inspired by Kant – the problem of seeing our experience as something more than simply what we make of it through constituting its intentional objects, without falling back into a myth of the given that turns it into the apprehension of bare presences.

Keywords:   experience, life, Kant, intentional objects

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