David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 34 (1):5-27 (2003)
This paper considers Kant's conception of force and causality in his early pre-Critical writings, arguing that this conception is best understood by way of contrast with his immediate predecessors, such as Christian Wolff, Alexander Baumgarten, Georg Friedrich Meier, Martin Knutzen, and Christian August Crusius, and in terms of the scientific context of natural philosophy at the time. Accordingly, in the True estimation Kant conceives of force in terms of activity rather than in terms of specific effects, such as motion (as unnamed Wolffians had done). Kant's explicit arguments in the Nova dilucidatio for physical influx (in the guise of the principle of succession) are directed primarily against the conception of grounds and existence held by Wolff, Baumgarten, and Meier, and only secondarily against Leibniz (by asserting the priority of bodies over mind rather than vice versa). Finally, Kant's reconciliation of the infinite divisibility of space and the unity of monads in the Physical monadology is designed to respond to objections that could be raised naturally by Wolff and Baumgarten.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|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
E. Watkins (1998). Kant's Justification of the Laws of Mechanics. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 29 (4):539-560.
Citations of this work BETA
Eric Watkins (2013). The Early Kant's (Anti-) Newtonianism. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (3):429-437.
Sheldon Smith (2013). Kant's Picture of Monads in the Physical Monadology. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 44 (1):102-111.
Similar books and articles
Immanuel Kant (1992/2003). Theoretical Philosophy, 1755-1770. Cambridge University Press.
Coleen P. Zoller (2007). The Pre-Critical Roots of Kant's Compatibilism. Philosophy and Theology 19 (1/2):197-213.
Brigitte Sassen (ed.) (2000). Kant's Early Critics: The Empiricist Critique of the Theoretical Philosophy. Cambridge University Press.
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.
Martin Schönfeld (2000). The Philosophy of the Young Kant: The Precritical Project. Oxford University Press.
Immanuel Kant (1929/1979). Kant's Inaugural Dissertation and Early Writings on Space. Hyperion Press.
Corey W. Dyck (2006). Kant and the Leibnizian Conception of Mind. Dissertation, Boston College
Corey W. Dyck (2011). A Wolff in Kant's Clothing: Christian Wolff's Influence on Kant's Accounts of Consciousness, Self-Consciousness, and Psychology. Philosophy Compass 6 (1):44-53.
Andrew Chignell (2009). Kant, Modality, and the Most Real Being. Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 91 (2):157-192.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads17 ( #95,896 of 1,098,611 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #113,599 of 1,098,611 )
How can I increase my downloads?