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Unformatted text preview: idealism might be avoided if one could find a way of proving the existence of bodies without having to resort to a dubious causal inference. In the Fourth Paralogism, Kant sought to show that bodies are known immediately, just as we know our own mental states immediately through inner intuition. Our inner intuitions are representations of ourselves as thinking. Kant argued on Cartesian lines that the presence of these representations is known immediately. Our outer intuitions are representations of bodies, and qua representation, they are known immediately as well. But we do not infer from these representations that bodies exist as their cause; rather, the representations are identified with the bodies. Bodies, as appearances, are nothing more than "species of our representations" and hence are known immediately....
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This note was uploaded on 11/09/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
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