David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
In Eric Watkins (ed.), Kant and the Sciences. Oxford University Press (2001)
This essay reconsiders Kant's denial of scientific status to the discipline of empirical psychology, which have often been viewed as quite problematic. In the preface to the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science, Kant denies that psychology can be natural science proper. I argue that Kant's impossibility claim is (1) based on a very specific conception of science that he did not put forward elsewhere, and that is restricted to *natural* sciences in any case. Also, (2) Kant's critical remarks are directed merely against a particular conception of psychology, namely one going back to Baumgarten and adopted by many psychologists in the eighteenth century, according to which introspection is the sole means of gathering empirical evidence about the mind. Although this particular conception of psychology precludes it from being natural science proper, it is possible that other conceptions of psychology could allow it to be scientific. Also, for Kant the study of the mind should not be introspection-based. He himself developed a "pragmatic anthropology", which he viewed as a significant factor in our knowledge of the world.
|Keywords||Kant Empirical Psychology Mathematical Science Introspection Tetens, Johann Nicolas|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
Thomas Sturm (2008). Why Did Kant Reject Physiological Explanations in His Anthropology? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 39 (4):495-505.
Similar books and articles
Thomas Sturm (2006). Is There a Problem with Mathematical Psychology in the Eighteenth Century? A Fresh Look at Kant’s Old Argument. . Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences 42:353-377.
Thomas Sturm & Falk Wunderlich (2010). Kant and the Scientific Study of Consciousness. History of the Human Sciences 23 (3):48-71.
A. R. (2003). The Cognition-Knowledge Distinction in Kant and Dilthey and the Implications for Psychology and Self-Understanding. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (1):149-164.
Hein Berg (2011). Kant's Conception of Proper Science. Synthese 183 (1):7-26.
Patrick R. Frierson (2005). Kant's Empirical Account of Human Action. Philosophers' Imprint 5 (7):1-34.
Hein van den Berg (2011). Kant's Conception of Proper Science. Synthese 183 (1):7-26.
Gary Hatfield (1992). Empirical, Rational, and Transcendental Psychology: Psychology as Science and as Philosophy. In Paul Guyer (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Kant. Cambridge. 3--200.
Corey W. Dyck (2009). The Divorce of Reason and Experience: Kant's Paralogisms of Pure Reason in Context. Journal of the History of Philosophy 47 (2):pp. 249-275.
Corey W. Dyck (2006). Kant and the Leibnizian Conception of Mind. Dissertation, Boston College
Kenneth R. Westphal (1995). ‘Kant’s Critique of Determinism in Empirical Psychology’. In H. Robinson (ed.), Proceedings of the 8th International Kant Congress. Marquette University Press.
Corey W. Dyck (2014). Kant and Rational Psychology. Oxford University Press.
Robert J. Richards, Christian Wolff's Prolegomena to Empirical and Rational Psychology: Translation and Commentary.
Added to index2011-10-25
Total downloads37 ( #66,149 of 1,696,632 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #115,452 of 1,696,632 )
How can I increase my downloads?