Contextualism and Perceptive Experience: Reading Kant and Hegel through McDowell

  • Erick Lima
Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 20)


In this paper, I first consider McDowell’s overall interpretation of Kant and Hegel, followed by McDowell’s discussions about perceptive experience. This paper also analyses a number of important issues raised in modern theoretical philosophy in light of McDowell’s epistemological proposal. Primarily, I recollect the guidelines of McDowell’s intervention in the ‘Kant-Hegel debate’ in order to comprehend McDowell’s adoption of a Kantian framework for delineating the contemporary epistemological discussion, as well as his appeal to a Hegelian alternative to the perceived difficulties (4.1). Then, based on certain ideas developed in classical German philosophy, as well as in the analytic tradition, I argue that McDowell supports a contextualist view of perceptive experience (4.2).


Sense Certainty Wittgenstein Bare Presence Consciousness Section Transcendental Aesthetics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erick Lima
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of BrasíliaBrasíliaBrazil

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