Kant on the Continuity of Alterations

Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (1):49-66 (2020)

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Tim Jankowiak
Towson University
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The metaphysical “Law of Continuity of Alterations” says that whenever an object alters from one state to another, it passes through a continuum of intermediate states. Kant treated LCA as a transcendental law of understanding. The primary purpose of the paper is to reconstruct and evaluate Kant’s three arguments for LCA. All three are found to be inadequate. However, a secondary goal of the paper is to show that LCA would have more naturally been construed as a regulative principle of reason. I conclude with some remarks about how this could work.
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DOI 10.1017/can.2019.6
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