Ideas of Andrew Bowie, by Theme

[British, fl. 2003, Head of German at Royal Holloway, University of London.]

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2. Reason / A. Nature of Reason / 1. On Reason
Art can make reason more all-inclusive, by articulating what seemed inexpressible
11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / b. Transcendental idealism
Transcendental idealism aims to explain objectivity through subjectivity
11. Knowledge Aims / C. Knowing Reality / 3. Idealism / d. Absolute idealism
German Idealism says our thinking and nature have the same rational structure
The Idealists saw the same unexplained spontaneity in Kant's judgements and choices
German Idealism tried to stop oppositions of appearances/things and receptivity/spontaneity
Crucial to Idealism is the idea of continuity between receptivity and spontaneous judgement
16. Persons / E. Rejecting the Self / 2. Self as Social Construct
Nazis think race predetermines the self
19. Language / F. Communication / 1. Rhetoric
Rhetoric is built into language, so it cannot be stripped from philosophy
25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 11. Capitalism
Marx thought capitalism was partly liberating, and could make labour and ownership more humane [Bowie]