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Continental Realism and Its Discontents$
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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

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Empirical Realism and the Great Outdoors: A Critique of Meillassoux

Empirical Realism and the Great Outdoors: A Critique of Meillassoux

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

G. Anthony Bruno

Edinburgh University Press

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

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