Kant’s Theory of Mind

Ameriks, K., Kant's Theory of Mind, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1982.


“Until recently cots philosophy of mind received little attention. This is remarkable for a number of reasons. The nature of the mind obviously should be of central importance in an idealistic philosophy such as Kant. Furthermore Kant’s major treatment of the topic, in his chapter on the paralogisms  in the critique of pure reason, is generally admired by contemporary philosophers and is one of the least challenged sections of the critique. None the less, the relative lack of studies of Kant’s treatment of the mind is also understandable. The general place of the mind in Kant’s idealism is notoriously difficult to determine, and the Paralogisms  has attracted support largely because of its popular critical tone, not because philosophers have been able to extract from it a clear theory of mind. On the whole, the chapter has generated the impression that Kant was uncommitted or had little to say directly concerning the classical problems of minds.  Interpreters often have been taken in by the superficial structure of the chapter, the appearance of Kant simply dismissing a string of outdated Cartesian views.”