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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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Kantian Realisms: The Noumenal, Causation and Grounding

Kantian Realisms: The Noumenal, Causation and Grounding

(p.83) Chapter 4 Kantian Realisms: The Noumenal, Causation and Grounding
Continental Realism and Its Discontents

Alison Assiter

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter outlines a strong version of ‘realism’ against what Meillassoux labels ‘correlationism’. It suggests, however, that the critiques made by certain realists of the Kantian noumenal can be answered. It begins by defending Kantian ‘empirical realism’ against the critiques of some realists. Then it moves on to claim that Kant’s arguments for transcendental idealism are stronger than those for Bhaskar’s transcendental realism. The chapter suggests, more controversially, that if one takes seriously Kant’s notion of ‘spontaneous causation’, it is possible to offer a Kantian defence of the ‘grounding’ of the phenomenal in the noumenal. Finally, it argues that Kant offers a stronger form of realism than is generally supposed by his critics.

Keywords:   Kant, Bhaskar, Meillassoux, noumenal, phenomenal, transcendental realism, transcendental idealism, correlationism, causation, grounding

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