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Single Idea 6578

[catalogued under 13. Knowledge Criteria / E. Relativism / 1. Relativism]

Full Idea

For Kant, experience is relativised to a categorial framework, but there is no further relativisation, at least in any deep respect, to a plurality of possible conceptual schemes.


'Categorial' means involving categories

Gist of Idea

For Kant, experience is relative to a scheme, but there are no further possible schemes


report of Immanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason [1781]) by Robert Fogelin - Walking the Tightrope of Reason Ch.3

Book Reference

Fogelin,Robert: 'Walking the Tightrope of Reason' [OUP 2004], p.72

A Reaction

This point is enlarged nicely by Davidson, in his view that we could make no sense of a different 'conceptual scheme' (Idea 6398). Kant's resistance to speculation prevents him imagining how it might be to be an angel, or an alien, or a Hopi.

Related Idea

Idea 6398 Different points of view make sense, but they must be plotted on a common background [Davidson]