Points of view: Kant on perspectival knowledge

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to cast new light on an important and often overlooked notion of perspectival knowledge arising from Kant. In addition to a traditional notion of perspectival knowledge as “knowledge from a vantage point” (perspectival knowledge 1), a second novel notion — “knowledge towards a vantage point” (perspectival knowledge 2) —is here introduced. The origin and rationale of perspectival knowledge 2 are traced back to Kant’s so-called transcendental illusion (and some of its pre-Critical sources). The legacy of the Kantian notion of perspectival knowledge 2 for contemporary discussions on disagreement and the role of metaphysics in scientific knowledge is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalSynthese
VolumeN/A
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jul 2018

Keywords

  • Kant
  • perspectival knowledge
  • transcendental illusion
  • scientific disagreement
  • natural kinds

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