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The Anthropology of Cognition and its Pragmatic Implications

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)
Author Cohen Alix,
Project Imagination, Emotion and Value
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Contribution to book (peer-reviewed)

Book Critical Guide to Kant’s Lectures on Anthropology (forthcoming, 2013)
Editor , n/a
Publisher Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
Title of proceedings Critical Guide to Kant’s Lectures on Anthropology (forthcoming, 2013)


The aim of this paper is to show that there is a crucial anthropological dimension to Kant’s account of cognition that goes generally unacknowledged, and that its role vis-à-vis cognition should be thought of analogically with that of moral anthropology vis-à-vis ethics. As I will argue, insofar as it is intended for us as embodied human agents whose cognition takes place in the empirical world, Kant’s anthropology of cognition is concerned with the knowledge of our natural cognitive capacities and their cultivation. Its aim is to enable us to be better prepared for, and more efficient at, realizing our cognitive purposes by identifying the subjective features that either further or hinder our cognition.