[SydPhil] UNSW Philosophy Seminar | Plato Tse: Transendental Idealism in Transcendental Argument | 16 July 2019

Heikki Ikaheimo h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au
Tue Jul 9 23:15:58 AEST 2019


Transcendental Idealism in Transcendental Argument

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Contemporary discussions of transcendental arguments in Anglo-American philosophy tend to hold a reserved, if not reluctant, attitude to transcendental idealism, and it is often assumed that transcendental arguments fare better without idealism. This is based on a problematic preconception of the transcendental idealist thesis and of the purpose it is supposed to serve. Transcendental idealism is then not differentiated from Berkeleyan idealism, and it is taken as a strategy to defuse the bridging problem that arises from the distinction between mind and world. My analysis suggests that a scopal misreading is involved in the nondifferentiation, and it leads to a reductionist reading of the thesis that fuels scepticism. Another closely related issue is how one should situate transcendental idealism in the argumentative context. I consider a broader conception of transcendental idealism, which is not constrained to a few passages extracted from Kant’s writings and better represents the historical reception and development of Kant’s critical idealism. In this conception, the aim of transcendental idealism is not to prove the reality of the external world, but to establish the agential nature of reason via a concept of self-awareness that at the same time serves as the condition for the possibility of first-personal access to the content of experience.

Bio: Plato Tse is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He finished his tertiary study in Hong Kong (HKU & CUHK) and received his doctoral degree in Philosophy in Munich (LMU), Germany. His research interests include German Idealism, Transcendental Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, and Metaphysics. His current research project focuses on Fichte’s Wissenschaftslehre as a form of Transcendental Philosophy.



Plato Tse,

National Chengchi University, Taiwan

Event Details:

Tuesday 16 July
12:30 - 2:00pm
Morven Brown Building

Room 310

High St, Gate 8
Kensington Campus, UNSW

This is a free event, all welcome.

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Contact: Heikki Ikaheimo
e: h.ikaheimo at unsw.edu.au

UNSW Arts & Social Sciences
UNSW Sydney,
NSW 2052

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