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Kant’s Thinker$
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Patricia Kitcher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199754823

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754823.001.0001

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Consciousness, Self-consciousness, and Cognition

Consciousness, Self-consciousness, and Cognition

(p.54) 5 Consciousness, Self-consciousness, and Cognition
Kant’s Thinker

Patricia Kitcher (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

This chapter explains some of the puzzles about self-consciousness that bedeviled Locke, Leibniz, and Kant’s less well-known predecessors, Wolff, Crusius, and Merian. It presents Leibniz’s unusual theory of apperception. It also looks at several episodes in the lively debate about the priority of self-consciousness versus object cognition that seems to stand behind Kant’s unusual claim that self-consciousness and object cognition are necessary and sufficient conditions for each other.

Keywords:   Locke, Leibniz, Wolff, Crusius, Merian, self-consciousness, apperception, self-consciousness and object cognition

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