Tag Archives: Immanuel Kant

Identifying Substances

Recently somebody challenged me to give an account for why I think things like cats are substances, and why rocks are not, after having agreed with me that we must admit there to be substances in the world in principle. … Continue reading

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Conceiving, Imagining, and Possible Worlds

Kant argued (at least as I understand him) that it is impossible to conceive of the/a world absent space and time, due to the constitution of our cognitive faculties. I think he was clearly wrong, since I think I can … Continue reading

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Carnapian Theism

Suppose that we ask the Carnapian (disciple of Carnap) whether Theism is logically possible, and their inclination is to say that it is not. Against this we can advance the following argument: Truth is relative to a linguistic framework. There … Continue reading

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Maximally Specific Synthetic Propositions

I have already argued that logically possible worlds ought not to be regarded as maximally consistent sets of propositions because it has been demonstrated that the ‘set of all true propositions‘ does not exist. Instead, therefore, we should speak about … Continue reading

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Give Behaviourism to the Dogs

It seems to me that on the pragmatist theory of truth, which says basically that some belief is true if and only if it is useful given our intentions, one might be tempted to simply subscribe to a form of behaviourism … Continue reading

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Moorean response to Positivism

Positivism may say that there are no necessary existential truths such as ‘God exists’ or even ‘I exist’. Descartes argued his way to saying that the one thing which cannot ever be doubted was that ‘I exist’. Positivism, however, accepts … Continue reading

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Is Metaphysics properly basic?

Fr. Coplestone in his debate with A.J. Ayer seems to suggest that metaphysics “must, in my opinion, refer to a reality beyond or behind phenomena.” Thus, phenomena are the proper items of empirical science, whereas questions concerning what explains phenomena … Continue reading

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