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According to the passage, which of the following conclusion would be refuted by Kant's defence against Idealism?
 


  1. I am not alive and still the external world exists.

  2. I am alive and still the external world doesn't exist

  3. I am not alive and hence the external world doesn't exists.

  4. I am alive and hence the external world exists


Solution

The correct option is A

I am not alive and still the external world exists.


Fifth paragraph last line gives the clue to this question.
"Thus, Kant's refutation works so long as I am alive and am able to think about the existence of an external world, yet becomes difficult if I speculate on the consequences of my own non-existence."
Also these lines -
"No doubt I would cease to exist as a human consciousness, but would it also follow that the external world would also not exist. It is difficult to see how Kant could avoid this conclusion." also show that answer is option (d).
 

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