A Guide to Kant’s Psychologism

via Locke, Berkeley, Hume, and Wittgenstein
by Wayne Waxman
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Publisher: Taylor and Francis

Series: Routledge Studies in Eighteenth-Century Philosophy

Publication Date: January 30, 2019

ISBN: 9780429638619

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This book presents an interpretation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason as a priori psychologism. It groups Kant’s philosophy together with those of the British empiricists—Locke, Berkeley, and Hume—in a single line of psychologistic succession and offers a clear explanation of how Kant’s psychologism differs from psychology and idealism. The book reconciles Kant’s philosophy with subsequent developments in science and mathematics, including post-Fregean mathematical logic, non-Euclidean geometry, and both relativity and quantum theory. Finally, the author reveals the ways in which Kant’s philosophy dovetails with contemporary scientific theorizing about the natural phenomenon of consciousness and its place in nature. This book will be of interest to Kant scholars and historians of philosophy working on the British empiricists.