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Prospects for Post-Copernican Dogmatism

The Antinomies of Transcendental Naturalism


What is the dogmatism against which transcendental philosophy launched its Copernican revolution? Since Kant’s invention of the thing-in-itself, we are apt to think dogmatism in terms of an access problem, and therefore to conclude that any philosophy is dogmatic that, through insufficient attention to its own conditioning, denies that there is an access problem. Yet characterising dogmatism as access-positivism does little to define it positively, providing only a formal regression to inhibit speculative or rational egress beyond reflection, as the Fichte citation above makes sun-clear…