International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy



Perception and reality in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell

Corijn Van Mazijk(University of Groningen)


How does perception give us access to external reality? This book critically engages with John McDowell’s conceptualist answer to this question, by offering a new exploration of his views on perception and reality in relation to those of Immanuel Kant and Edmund Husserl. In six chapters, the book examines these thinkers’ respective theories of perception, lucidly describing how they fit within their larger philosophical views on mind and reality. It thereby not only reveals the continuity of a tradition that underlies today’s fragmented scholarly landscape, but also yields a new critique of McDowell’s conceptualist theory. In doing so, the book contributes to the ongoing bridging of traditions, by combining analytic philosophy, Kantian philosophy, and phenomenology. Perception and Reality in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell will appeal to scholars and students working in the history of philosophy, phenomenology, Kantian philosophy, and in particular the philosophy of perception.

Publication details

Publisher: Routledge

Place: London-New York

Year: 2020

Pages: 174

Full citation:

Van Mazijk Corijn (2020). Perception and reality in Kant, Husserl, and McDowell, Routledge, London-New York.