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Spontaneity, philosophy: spontaneity is an expression for the self-performance of a subject and its organic equipment in the occurrence of mental processes as opposed to receptivity. In Kant, spontaneity also includes the ability to apply terms (KrV I 106f). See also subjectivity, objectivity.
Annotation: The above characterizations of concepts are neither definitions nor exhausting presentations of problems related to them. Instead, they are intended to give a short introduction to the contributions below. – Lexicon of Arguments.

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John McDowell on Spontaneity - Dictionary of Arguments

Spontaneity/Kant/Eisler: to produce faculties, ideas and categories themselves(1) (= conceptual skills).

1. R. Eisler, Kant-Lexikon, Hildesheim 1994.
I 32
McDowell: the spontaneity must be subject to the control of the world.
>Repsonsibility towards the world/McDowell.

Explanation of symbols: Roman numerals indicate the source, arabic numerals indicate the page number. The corresponding books are indicated on the right hand side. ((s)…): Comment by the sender of the contribution. Translations: Dictionary of Arguments
The note [Concept/Author], [Author1]Vs[Author2] or [Author]Vs[term] resp. "problem:"/"solution:", "old:"/"new:" and "thesis:" is an addition from the Dictionary of Arguments. If a German edition is specified, the page numbers refer to this edition.

McDowell I
John McDowell
Mind and World, Cambridge/MA 1996
German Edition:
Geist und Welt Frankfurt 2001

McDowell II
John McDowell
"Truth Conditions, Bivalence and Verificationism"
Truth and Meaning, G. Evans/J. McDowell,

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