Corijn van Mazijk: Perception and reality in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell, New York: Routledge, 2020, 192 pp., ISBN 978-0-367-44180-7, ISBN 978-1-003-01022-7

Abstract

Corijn van Mazijk’s book is a critical exploration of the relations between Immanuel Kant’s, Edmund Husserl’s, and John McDowell’s transcendental philosophies. His primary aim is not to conduct a historical study, but “to show that history provides us with viable alternatives to McDowell’s theory of our perceptual access to reality.” The book covers a variety of McDowellian themes: the Myth of the Given, the space of reasons vs. the space of nature, conceptualism, disjunctivism, naturalism, and realism—uncovering the roots of McDowell’s views and providing Kantian and Husserlian correctives where needed.

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  1. 1.

    Van Mazijk (2020, p. 6).

  2. 2.

    Ibid.

  3. 3.

    Cheng (2020), Doyon (2020), Guilhermino (2020).

  4. 4.

    Van Mazijk (2020, p. 4).

  5. 5.

    Ibid., (pp. 74–75).

  6. 6.

    Ibid., (p. 80).

  7. 7.

    Ibid., (pp. 96–97).

  8. 8.

    Ibid., (p. 147).

  9. 9.

    Ibid., (p. 157).

  10. 10.

    Ibid., (p. 71).

  11. 11.

    Ibid., (pp. 134–135, 154).

  12. 12.

    Husserl (1989, Section Two).

  13. 13.

    Van Mazijk (2020, p. 97).

  14. 14.

    Ibid.

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I am grateful to Corijn van Mazijk for comments on a draft of this review. This research was supported by the Hundred Talents Program Research Funds, Humanities and the Social Sciences, Zhejiang University.

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Laasik, K. Corijn van Mazijk: Perception and reality in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell, New York: Routledge, 2020, 192 pp., ISBN 978-0-367-44180-7, ISBN 978-1-003-01022-7. Cont Philos Rev (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11007-021-09530-3

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Keywords

  • Immanuel Kant
  • Edmund Husserl
  • John McDowell
  • Perception
  • Reason