SOPhiA 2018

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Things in Themselves and the Number of Worlds for Kant
(Metaphysics and Ontology, English)

In the Critique of Pure Reason Kant makes a distinction between things as they appear and things as they are in themselves. This paper is largely concerned with the philosophical significance of this distinction, rather than the correct interpretation of Kant. With that in mind I follow, without going into heavy exegetical detail, a sympathetic ``one-world'' interpretation of Kant's distinction offered by Rae Langton (1998). In section (I) the key interpretive points of Langton's understanding of Kant will be outlined. In section (II) it will be argued that a proper appreciation of the consequences of Kant's claims (as interpreted by Langton) shows that, Kant is committed to the possibility of ``two-worlds''; i.e. to the possibility of there being two-types of non-overlapping objects: one knowable (spatial) type and one unknowable (non-spatial) type. In conclusion I argue that the result of this possibility is, epistemological scepticism.

Chair: Bogdan Andrei Dumitrescu
Time: 19:00-19:30, 12 September 2018 (Wednesday)
Location: SR 1.006
Remark: CHANGE. The talk is cancelled!

Sachin Yadav 
(Masaryk University, Czechia)

I am a doctoral student from India doing research at Masaryk University, Brno, under the Erasmus Mundus project. My area of specialisation is Kantian metaphysics. I did Bachelors in philosophy from Hindu College, Delhi University in 2010. For Masters in Philosophy I attended Catholic University (KU, Leuven), Belgium in 2011. I went back to India and did advanced Masters in Philosophy at Delhi University. There I was teaching philosophy to undergraduates in 2013--14. Since 2014, I have been in Brno. I would love to be a part of this conference because I believe that this is a great oppurtunity to interact and learn from my contemporaries and also from experts of philosophy

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