Kant on cognition, givenness, and ignorance

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My goal in this paper is to examine two central aspects of Kant's theory of cognition (Erkenntnis) in the context of the account offered by Eric Watkins and Marcus Willaschek. I frst focus on what it is for an object to be "given" to the mind and how such "givenness" (allegedly) underwrites both mental representation and reference. I then consider Watkins and Willaschek's interpretation of Kant's claim that we cannot cognize things-in-themselves, and conclude by sketching an alternative (and less empiricistic) account of that claim.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-142
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of the History of Philosophy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy


  • Cognition
  • Ignorance
  • Kant
  • Reference
  • Things-in-themselves


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