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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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German Idealism, British Idealism, and Later Developments

German Idealism, British Idealism, and Later Developments

(p.48) 2 German Idealism, British Idealism, and Later Developments
Kant and Idealism

Tom Rockmore

Yale University Press

This chapter posits that all forms of representationalism are based on metaphysical realism. Later forms of idealism move progressively away from representationalism and metaphysical realism, but not from realism as such, insofar as they base claims to know on empirical realism, or knowledge of the surrounding empirical world, not as it supposedly is, but rather as it is given in experience. The previous chapter described the old way of ideas, or Platonic idealism, idealism as it appeared in ancient philosophy, and the new way of ideas, or the modern, anti-Platonic recovery of representationalism, as well as Berkeley's critical reaction to representationalism. This chapter describes selected, more recent forms of idealism, including German idealism, British idealism, and later developments that tend to weaken the traditional commitment to metaphysical realism in favor of empirical realism.

Keywords:   representationalism, metaphysical realism, empirical realism, experience, Platonic idealism

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