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Idealistic Studies

Volume 37, Issue 2, Summer 2007

Scott Stapleford
Pages 87-104
DOI: 10.5840/idstudies20073722

Reid, Tetens, and Kant on the External World

Building on the research of Manfred Kuehn, the author argues that, whatever influence the Scottish Common Sense Philosophy of Thomas Reid may have had on the development of Immanuel Kant’s refutation of idealism, it was filtered through the thinking of Kant’s largely forgotten German contemporary, Johann Nicolaus Tetens. While the importance of Tetens for understanding Kant is examined in connection with only one idea, the aim is to demonstrate that Tetens is a figure worthy of serious historical consideration.

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