Department of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy

Lisa Shabel (The Ohio State University) "Kant on Mathematical Cognition"

Fri, April 28, 2017 | David L. Miller Conference Room, WAG 316

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Kant on Mathematical Cognition 

Kant identifies two “stems of human cognition”, the faculties of sensibility and understanding, which work together to put us in a perceptual relation to objects that are distinct from ourselves. On Kant’s view, the mental representations at work in this process, namely intuitions and concepts, are both implicated in any act of cognition: when I perceive the computer screen as an object before me, it is as a result of a division of cognitive labor that delivers a representation of the computer screen as a particular individual (via intuition) which nonetheless shares general features or properties with other objects (via concepts). In this talk I will discuss the special case of mathematical cognition, with the aim of identifying exactly where mathematical representations are located in the mental architecture that Kant describes in the Critique of Pure Reason.

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