Causal refutations of idealism

Philosophical Quarterly 60 (240):487-507 (2010)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

In the ‘Refutation of Idealism’ chapter of the first Critique, Kant argues that the conditions required for having certain kinds of mental episodes are sufficient to guarantee that there are ‘objects in space’ outside us. A perennially influential way of reading this compressed argument is as a kind of causal inference: in order for us to make justified judgements about the order of our inner states, those states must be caused by the successive states of objects in space outside us. Here I consider the best recent versions of this reading, and argue that each suffers from apparently fatal flaws.

Similar books and articles

Berkeley's idealism: a critical examination.Georges Dicker - 2011 - New York: Oxford University Press.
Kant's refutation of idealism: A reply to Chignell.Georges Dicker - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):175-183.
Kant's refutation of idealism.Georges Dicker - 2008 - Noûs 42 (1):80–108.
Defending the Refutation of Idealism.Jeffrey McDonough - 2000 - Southwestern Philosophy Review 17 (1):35-44.
Review: Forster, Kant and Skepticism.Georges Dicker - 2010 - European Journal of Philosophy 18 (4):609-615.
Kant's Idealism: The Current Debate.Dennis Schulting - 2010 - In Dennis Schulting Jacco Verburgt (ed.), Kant's Idealism. Springer.
Causal refutations of idealism revisited.Andrew Chignell - 2011 - Philosophical Quarterly 61 (242):184-186.

Analytics

Added to PP
2009-07-03

Downloads
1,093 (#10,071)

6 months
113 (#27,588)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Andrew Chignell
Princeton University

Citations of this work

The Oxford Handbook of Philosophical Methodology.Herman Cappelen, Tamar Gendler & John Hawthorne (eds.) - 2016 - Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
Consciousness as Inner Sensation: Crusius and Kant.Jonas Jervell Indregard - 2018 - Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy 5.
Kant's Proof of the Existence of the Outer World.Bianca Ancillotti - 2021 - History of Philosophy & Logical Analysis 25 (1):163–189.

View all 20 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references