Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The doctrine of self-positing and receptivity in Kant's late philosophy
by Paccacerqua, Cynthia Maria, Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2010, 198; 3422896
Abstract (Summary)

I argue that in the Opus postumum – specifically in what is known as his "doctrine of self-positing" – Kant provides both a logical structure and a genetic account of the subject's insertion into a natural world that is of its own making. In addition, I show how the doctrine contains an expanded role of the faculty of sensibility, an account of embodiment and the opening of an epistemological field proper to philosophical anthropology, both physiological and pragmatic. By identifying two levels of the doctrine of self-positing, I develop what appears as a new account of the function of the faculty of receptivity that always already entails a form of activity through which the subject makes it possible for data to be capable of being given to it. The dissertation is composed of four sections. The first provides an analysis of the concept of positing in Kant's earlier theoretical philosophy. The second contextualizes the doctrine of self-positing within the Opus postumum as a whole, introduces the systematic location of the doctrine and situates its problematic historically. The third part examines the "analytic level" of the doctrine. And the fourth brings the former sections to bear upon the reconstruction of Kant's doctrine of self-positing, especially with regards to receptivity.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Casey, Edward S.
Commitee: Edwards, Jeffrey, Mendieta, Eduardo
School: State University of New York at Stony Brook
Department: Philosophy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 71/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy
Keywords: Doctrine, Kant, Immanuel, Opus postumum, Receptivity, Self-positing
Publication Number: 3422896
ISBN: 9781124227696
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