Reading Rödl: On Self-Consciousness and Objectivity

James F. Conant, Jesse M. Mulder

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Sebastian Rödl’s Self-Consciousness and Objectivity is one of the most original and thought-provoking books in analytic philosophy for the last several years. An ambitious defence of absolute idealism, Rödl rejects the idea that we as thinking beings can position ourselves within a given, mind-independent reality, and instead advances the position that the very idea of an ‘objective reality’ coincides with the self-consciousness of thought. In this outstanding collection, a roster of international contributors critically examine the significance of Rödl’s arguments and develop them in new directions. Their contributions are organised into the following six sections: Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and naturalism Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and formal idealism Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and quietism Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and absolute idealism Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and the power of judgment Self-Consciousness and Objectivity and the determinacy of the individual The volume concludes with an extensive response by Sebastian Rödl to his critics. This book constitutes essential reading for anyone interested in contemporary debates at ther intersection of analytic philosophy and philosophical idealism.

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLeiden
PublisherTaylor and Francis - Balkema
Number of pages432
ISBN (Electronic)9781000956689
ISBN (Print)9781032349510
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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