XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Cognitive Pluralism as Obligation?

Dennis Lee Sepper

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Locke
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


A controversy in contemporary philosophy of science revolves around cognitive pluralism: whether it is essential not just for scientific progress but for scientific understanding per se. Is there any way of conceiving Kant as a cognitive pluralist? A possible yes-answer focuses on Kant’s discussion of the “rules of wisdom” in Anth (corresponding to a discussion of the “maxims of common sense” in KU). In Anth he introduces by name “pluralism,” which opposes and counteracts logical, practical, and aesthetic egoisms. Analyzing and comparing passages suggests that Kant’s pluralism is only a stage-pluralism rather than anything serious, but as such it shows that Kant overlooked material or sensuous syntheses in the manifold of experience—the only Kantian gesture toward which is the anticipations of perception of KrV.