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Fichte und Schelling: Der Idealismus in der Diskussion. Volume I

Lukas Held
Jean-Christophe Lemaitre
Till Grohmann

II. Systematische Fragen

German Idealism, and the Problem of Logical and Topical Truth

Henk Vandaele

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Kant and the concept of logical truth

When the metaphysical question on what is, became wedged during the discussion between the Rationalists and Empiricists, Kant saw himself forced to ask the question concerning our possibilities to ask the question on what is. Forced by Hume’s argument that pure logical analysis can never be a sufficient condition to know what is, Kant realised a transcendental breakthrough in which for the first time in philosophical history, the critical question concerning the logical concept of truth as a correspondence between reason and being was asked. This breakthrough was the decisive introduction of the concept of limitation into metaphysics. Kant stated that there is a Spaltung between ontology and epistemology. Nevertheless, for Kant, this was no reason to throw truth as such overboard. In fact Kant was only critical about a very specific concept of truth: namely, the concept of logical truth as being a form of absolute truth.

Kant’s breakthrough opene...


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