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Kant and Idealism$
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Tom Rockmore

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780300120080

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300120080.001.0001

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Idealism, Platonic Idealism, and the New Way of Ideas

Idealism, Platonic Idealism, and the New Way of Ideas

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(p.17) 1 Idealism, Platonic Idealism, and the New Way of Ideas
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Kant and Idealism
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Tom Rockmore

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300120080.003.0002

This chapter shows how one can identify forms of idealism, and the idealists who illustrate them, by answering the deceptively simple question: What is “idealism”? If meaning is determined by use, then the answer to the question of the meaning of “idealism” must be whatever those who claim to be idealists, who write about idealism, or who are thought to fall under the general heading of idealism, say it is. There is no general agreement about “idealism,” however, and opinions about it differ widely. In the absence of any agreement about the meaning of “idealism,” it seems best to turn to the texts. Like other philosophical tendencies, idealism requires careful study, mastery of the texts, and working through the problems they address.

Keywords:   forms of idealism, idealists, meaning, philosophical tendencies, general agreement

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