A Critique of Representationalism in Heidegger and Sellars: A Critical Rendering of Kantian Schematism


  • Ekin Erkan


Kant, Sellars, Heidegger, Schematism, Representationalism


In this paper, we compare Heidegger and Sellars' respective responses to Kant's Schematism section of the Transcendental Analytic, taking heed of how both philosophers motivate a criticism of representationalism in their renderings. We begin with an overview and analysis of Heidegger and Sellars' holism, comparing both thinkers' systematic thought. We then turn to how both appraise Kant' Schematism section, first working through Heidegger's analysis of Kant's understanding and imagination. We follow this up with Sellars' naturalized Kantianism, taking particular interest in how Sellars emphasizes the basic foundational units, i.e., ‘this-suches', grounding Kant's theory of perception. We then conclude by dovetailing the insights of both philosophers, formalizing a framework for a naturalist Kantian epistemology.    

Author Biography

Ekin Erkan

Ekin Erkan is a Turkish writer in science, technology and philosophy living in New York City, notable for researching with and developing Reza Negarestani's research on artificial general intelligence. Erkan's work originally concerned Bernard Stiegler's work on psychopolitics as well as secondary literature on François Laruelle's non-standard philosophy but has more recently (given their analytic return) been working on Catarina Dutilh Novaes' concept of de-semantification and Robert Brandom's inferentialism. Background Erkan's work examines the collective closure between neural networks, predictive processing, and perceptual faculties as they relate to machine intelligence and algorithmic governmentality. Erkan has a background in both analytic and continental philosophy, supplemented by graduate research in medialogy, media archaeology and film philosophy. Despite originally working within the continental tradition of philosophy of art, aesthetics and media, Erkan's more recent work has been associated with the post-continental school of thinkers, influenced by philosophers such as Carl Sachs, Ray Brassier, Reza Negarestani and Thomas Moynihan. Erkan is currently pursuing post-graduate study in Critical Philosophy at The New Centre for Research & Practice, researching under the tutelage of Iranian theory fiction pioneer Reza Negarestani while working on Bayesian neuro-inference and AGI. Erkan also is a columnist and critic at the art and literature journal AEQAI, publishing monthly contributions on contemporary art and intermedia. In addition to Erkan's work on Stiegler and Rouvroy, Erkan has published writing on Andy Clark and David Chalmers' ''extended mind'', Ned Block's ''non-iconic memory'' and ''phenomenology of perception and mental paint'', François Laruelle's ''non-ethics'' and ''non-aesthetics'', Robert Brandom's inferentialism, Negarestani's neo-rationalist turn, Catherine Malabou's "neuroplasticity" and "creative non-calculation," and post-Deleuzian film philosophy in publications including Radical Philosophy, Theory & Event, Identities: Journal for Politics, Gender and Culture, Cosmos & History, Alphaville, Cultural Studies, New Review of Film and Television Studies, Chiasma, Rhizomes, Labyrinth, Cultural Logic: A Journal of Marxist Theory & Practice, Media Theory, Philosophy East and West, and The Cincinnati Romance Review.


30-07-2021 — Updated on 06-12-2021

How to Cite

Erkan, E. (2021). A Critique of Representationalism in Heidegger and Sellars: A Critical Rendering of Kantian Schematism. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, 17(1), 365–404. Retrieved from https://cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/924