Kant, McDowell and the Theory of Consciousness
Topics:Theory of Consciousness
Keywords:consciousness, adverbialism, apperception, inner sense, perception, animal consciousness, John McDowell, Kant
Deposited by:Dr Alan Thomas
Date of Issue:1997
Journal/Publication Title:European Journal of Philosophy
Abstract:An examination of John McDowell's 'Kantian' treatment of perceptual consciousness in Mind and World. It is argued that McDowell misguidedly conflates Kant's account of inner sense and apperception and consciousness with self-consciousness. This leads to an unacceptable account of the normative governance of thought and a denial of animal mindedness. A view closer to Kant's own is described: an adverbial theory of consciousnes in which consciousness is a mode of a mental state. The view is defended from regress or circularity.