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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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Some Main Criticisms of Idealism

Some Main Criticisms of Idealism

(p.121) 3 Some Main Criticisms of Idealism
Kant and Idealism

Tom Rockmore

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the diversity of reaction to philosophical idealism. Idealism, or views taken as idealist, has been celebrated, ignored, superficially or minutely examined, as well as mildly or strongly criticized. The text here turns to a selective consideration of some main criticisms of idealist theories. As in the description of “idealism,” it is not possible to canvass all, or even all the main, criticisms that have been raised, even in outline. At most, one can hope to identify criticisms that currently appear to be significant. There are two reasons for rehearsing criticisms raised against idealism in general, including those raised against various idealist theories. One involves the need to bring together the main criticisms of idealism in a single place. The other reason is to set the stage for a selective defense, if not of idealism in general, at least of one form related to the critical philosophy as particularly important for the epistemological debate at the present time.

Keywords:   reaction, philosophical idealism, consideration, idealist theories, criticisms

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