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Kant, the transcendental designation of I, and the direct reference theory

Forgione, Luca (2019) Kant, the transcendental designation of I, and the direct reference theory. THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science, 34 (1). pp. 31-49. ISSN 2171-679X

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to address the semantic issue of the nature of the representation I and of the transcendental designation, i.e., the self-referential apparatus involved in transcendental apperception. The I think, the bare or empty representation I, is the representational vehicle of the concept of transcendental subject; as such, it is a simple representation. The awareness of oneself as thinking is only expressed by the I: the intellectual representation which performs a referential function of the spontaneity of a thinking subject. To begin with, what exactly does Kant mean when he states that I is a simple and empty representation? Secondly, can the features of the representation I and the correlative transcendental designation explain the indexical nature of the I? Thirdly, do the Kantian considerations on indexicality anticipate any of the semantic elements or, if nothing else, the spirit of the direct reference theory?


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Forgione, Lucaluca.forgione@unibas.it
Additional Information: ISSN: 0495-4548 (print)
Keywords: Kant; I think; transcendental apperception; transcendental designation; indexicality; direct reference theory.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Depositing User: Unnamed user with email theoria@ehu.es
Date Deposited: 01 May 2019 13:05
Last Modified: 01 May 2019 13:05
Item ID: 15950
Journal or Publication Title: THEORIA. An International Journal for Theory, History and Foundations of Science
Publisher: Euskal Herriko Unibertsitatea / Universidad del País Vasco
Official URL: http://www.ehu.eus/ojs/index.php/THEORIA/article/v...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1387/theoria.19324
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science > Concepts and Representations
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
Date: January 2019
Page Range: pp. 31-49
Volume: 34
Number: 1
ISSN: 2171-679X
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/15950

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