[SydPhil] Notification: Michael Olson, Macquarie @ Wed 11 Mar 2015 13:00 - 14:30 (Seminars)

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Title: Michael Olson, Macquarie
Brain Water, a Galloping Horse, and the Unity of Consciousness

In this talk, I will argue that Kant's critical rejection of rational  
psychological arguments for the simplicity and immateriality of the soul in  
the Second Paralogism does not distance the doctrine of the transcendental  
unity of apperception from the from the metaphysics of the rationalist  
tradition as successfully as is often thought. Although Kant denies the  
simplicity of the soul, the larger argument of the Critique of Pure Reason  
relies on a distinction between the internal unity of the activity of  
thinking and the merely external unity of the the actions of material  
objects. This distinction effectively reintroduces a metaphysical--rather  
than just logical or transcendental--distinction between the thinking  
subject and the natural world. Consequently, I argue here, efforts to  
marshal Kantian resources for contemporary materialist or naturalist  
programs in philosophy of mind face an obstacle not previously acknowledged.
When: Wed 11 Mar 2015 13:00 - 14:30 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Main Quad, University of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
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