XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Everyday Noumena: The Fact and Significance of Ordinary Intelligible Objects

Jennifer Uleman

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: Auditorium
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Using Kant's Rechtslehre deduction of property, or 'possessio noumenon,' as its starting point, this paper argues that objects as diverse and familiar as tenants, wills, state constitutions, legislators, corporations, money, households, marriages, and promises should be read as among the Kantian noumena. I argue that an object's status as noumenal or phenomenal ultimately depends on whether it is the object it is in virtue of the system of laws of nature or the system of laws of freedom. I suggest that attention to everyday noumena challenges us to think about the joint contributions of empirical and a priori concepts and principles in determining both phenomenal and noumenal objects. The paper's larger agenda is to challenge the view of Kantian noumena as troublesome entities best accorded a minimal role or naturalized away.