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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, Constructivism, and Knowledge

Idealism, Constructivism, and Knowledge

(p.201) 4 Idealism, Constructivism, and Knowledge
Kant and Idealism

Tom Rockmore

Yale University Press

This chapter shows that idealism is better understood as a series of approaches to knowledge related more in name than in specific epistemological doctrine. Types of idealist epistemology can be differentiated with respect to incompatible forms of realism. Metaphysical realism, this book has repeatedly noted, is a claim to know the way the world is, more precisely to know the mind-independent world as it is, whereas empirical realism is a claim to know no more than what is given in experience. The three main forms of idealism—namely, Platonic idealism, the new way of ideas, German idealism—propose, respectively, claims to direct, or immediate knowledge of the way the world is; indirect, or mediated knowledge of the way the world is; and, finally, knowledge of no more than the empirical world as it is given in experience without further reference to or claims about the mind-independent world.

Keywords:   series of approaches, knowledge, epistemological doctrine, idealist epistemology, realism

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