Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Continental Realism and Its Discontents$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Marie-Eve Morin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421140

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM EDINBURGH SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.edinburgh.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Edinburgh University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ESO for personal use.date: 01 April 2020

Empirical Realism and the Great Outdoors: A Critique of Meillassoux

Empirical Realism and the Great Outdoors: A Critique of Meillassoux

Chapter:
(p.21) Chapter 1 Empirical Realism and the Great Outdoors: A Critique of Meillassoux
Source:
Continental Realism and Its Discontents
Author(s):

G. Anthony Bruno

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.003.0002

Meillassoux argues that Kant’s ‘correlationist’ proscription of independent access to either thought or being prevents an account of the meaning of ‘ancestral statements’ regarding reality prior to humans. This chapter examines three charges on which Meillassoux’s argument depends: (1) Kant distorts ancestral statements’ meaning; (2) Kant fallaciously infers causality’s necessity; (3) Kant’s transcendental idealism cannot grasp ‘the great outdoors’. These charges are rejected on the following grounds: (1) imposes a Cartesian misreading, hence Meillassoux’s false assumption that, for Kant, objects don’t exist without subjects; (2) misreads Kant, who infers causality’s necessity from the possibility of experience; (3) casts Kant’s idealism as subjective, ignoring his perspectival portrayal of it.

Keywords:   Meillassoux, Kant, Cartesian, transcendental reality, correlationism, transcendental idealism, ancestral statement, necessity, causality

Edinburgh Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.