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Matter MattersMetaphysics and Methodology in the Early Modern Period$
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Kurt Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583652

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583652.001.0001

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Is Matter Real?

Is Matter Real?

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Matter Matters

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This chapter explores the several senses in which Descartes took matter to be real. Here, this chapter revisits Plato's analogy of the divided line, introduced in Part I, our inquiry coming full circle. A connection is established between Kant's empirical and transcendental senses of ‘ideality’ and ‘reality’, and the subsections of Plato's line; Kant's distinctions correlating with the main subsections representing the Visible and Intelligible realms.

Keywords:   Kant, ideality, reality, ideas, extra‐mental objects

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