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Ferrier, the unknowable and the origins of idealism

Abstract:

This paper examines James Frederick Ferrier’s idealist argument against the realist agnosticism of William Hamilton, of the Scottish ‘common sense’ school. Particular attention is paid to Ferrier’s restricted definition of ignorance as pertaining only to what could be known, and to his claim that consciousness in itself (sans objects) and objects in themselves (sans awareness) are contradictory or unintelligible notions. The matter commands attention, in the first place, because this once-imp...

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Publication status:
Accepted
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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Department:
Philosophy
Role:
Author
Publisher:
De Gruyter Publisher's website
Journal:
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Acceptance date:
2015-05-21
EISSN:
1613-0650
ISSN:
0003-9101
Language:
English
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uuid:3ab35862-1320-4be2-a5c1-39da113ae212
Deposit date:
2015-06-29

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