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Kant’s theory of concept formation and the role of mind

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dc.contributor.author Minimah, Francis Israel
dc.date.accessioned 2019-12-10T12:25:13Z
dc.date.available 2019-12-10T12:25:13Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Minimah, F.I., 2016. Kant’s theory of concept formation and the role of mind. Inkanyiso: Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences, 8(1), pp.1-8. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2077-2815
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10520/EJC192240
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10530/1862
dc.description Peer reviewed article published under Inkanyiso journal, Volume 8 Number 1, p.1-8, January 2016. en_US
dc.description.abstract The emphasis of the rationalists on concept formation is traceable to the unfolding of the mind’s innate powers in producing ideas within itself. The empiricists, on the other hand, beginning with the data of experience as the source of all our legitimate concepts and truths of the world, conceive the mind as contributing nothing to the knowing process – a position that had severe negative consequences for human knowledge. Immanuel Kant’s response to his predecessors was to formulate a new theory of concept formation in which he conceives the crucial role our minds play in the determination of the forms of our knowledge. The key to the progression in this paper which shows its most important contribution is not only the attempt to analyze how Kant “sets out to discover and justify the principles underlying objective judgements” but also his arguments that the human mind brings ‘something’ transcendental to the object it experiences. This view, which is revolutionary, represents a turning point in Western philosophy and indicates the need for new conceptual schemes of the mind that became manifest at the beginning of the 19th century. This is tremendously evident in Heidegger’s philosophy and in mentalistic psychology from Freud to Chomsky. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Zululand en_US
dc.subject Concept formation en_US
dc.subject Critical philosophy en_US
dc.subject Emmanuel Kant en_US
dc.title Kant’s theory of concept formation and the role of mind en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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