Wed Sep 2, 2015
234 Moses Hall, 6–8 PM
|Working Group in the History and Philosophy of Logic, Mathematics, and Science
Carl Posy (Professor of Philosophy, Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Kantian Discipline and the Paradoxes of Knowledge
I will propose a reading of Kant’s “empirical realism” and “transcendental idealism” which aligns Kant’s thought with some contemporary epistemological and semantic notions, and I will use that reading to interpret his arguments in two passages from the “Dialectic” of the Critique of Pure Reason (the “Fourth Paralogism” and the “First Antinomy”). Then I will use these in order to propose a solution to the hangman paradox and to elucidate its relation to Moore’s Paradox. At the end I will say some things about how this “Kantian” approach to these paradoxes can be generalized, and, if there is time, I will compare it to some other treatments of the paradoxes.