On Self-Consciousness and Objectivity
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Sebastian Rödl's Self-Consciousness and Objectivity is one of the most original and thought-provoking books in analytic philosophy for the last several years. An ambitious defence of absolute idealism, Rödl rejects the idea that we as thinking beings can position ourselves within a given, mind-independent reality, and instead advances the position that the very idea of an ‘objective reality’ coincides with the self-consciousness of thought.
In this outstanding collection, a roster of international contributors critically examine the significance of Rödl's arguments and take the themes of his book in new directions. It is organised into six clear parts:
- Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Naturalism
- Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Formal Idealism
- Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Quietism
- Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Absolute Idealism
- Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and the Power of Judgment
- Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and the Determinacy of the Individual.
The volume concludes with an extensive response by Sebastian Rödl to his critics, making it essential reading for those interested in contemporary debates in analytic philosophy, philosophy of mind and philosophical idealism.
Table of Contents
Introduction Jesse M. Mulder
Part 1: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Naturalism
1. One Act of Mind Lucy O'Brien
2. How is Thinking Possible? Ram Neta
3. Rödl on Judgment, the First Person, and Perception Christopher Peacocke
Part 2: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Formal Idealism
4. Idealism, Absolute and Formal Stephen Engstrom
5. Idealism, Subjects and Science Patricia Kitcher
Part 3: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Quietism
6. Real Austerity Jocelyn Benoist
7. Knowledge, Persons, and the Fact of Reason Glenda Satne
8. The Possibility of Absolute Representations A.W. Moore
9. The Linguistic Turn Away from Absolute Idealism Irad Kimhi
10. Elective Affinities of a Guest from Elea J.M. van Ophuijsen
Part 4: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Absolute Idealism
11. Self-Knowledge and Knowledge of Nature, on the Speculative Character of Their Identity Thomas Khurana
12. Absolute Idealism, A Hegelian Critique of Sebastian Rödl’s Self-Consciousness and Objectivity Wolfram Gobsch
Part 5: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and the Power of Judgment
13. The Explanation of Judgment Dawa Ometto
14. Not So Simple Powers Jesse M. Mulder
15. Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and Practical Knowledge Niels van Miltenburg
Part 6: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and the Determinacy of the Individual
16. Reflections on Self-Consciousness, and Self-Consciousness and Objectivity Adrian Haddock
17. Dotting the I Think Martijn Wallage
Replies Sebastian Rödl.
James F. Conant is Chester D. Tripp Professor of Humanities, Professor of Philosophy, and Professor in the College at the University of Chicago, USA, as well as Humboldt Professor at the University of Leipzig, Germany.
Jesse M. Mulder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.
Sebastian Rödl is Professor of Philosophy in the Institute of Philosophy, Leipzig University, Germany.