Kant-Studien 108 (4):495-516 (2017)

Toni Kannisto
University of Oslo
There are two traditional ways to read Kant's claim that every event necessarily has a cause: the weaker every-event some-cause and the stronger same-cause same-effect causal principles. The focus of the debate about whether and where he subscribes to the SCP has been in the Analogies in the Critique of Pure Reason and in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science. By analysing the arguments and conclusions of both the Analogies and the Postulates as well as the two Latin principles non datur casus and non datur fatum that summarise their results, I will argue for the novel thesis that the SCP is actually demonstrated in the Postulates of the First Critique.
Keywords analogies of experience  casus  fatum  postulates of empirical thinking
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1515/kant-2017-0041
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

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

Causal Laws and the Foundations of Natural Science.Michael Friedman - 1992 - In Paul Guyer (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Kant. Cambridge University Press. pp. 3--161.
Kant on Rational Cosmology.Eric Watkins - 2001 - In Kant and the Sciences. Oxford University Press. pp. 70--89.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Epistemic Normativity in Kant's “Second Analogy”.James Hutton - 2019 - European Journal of Philosophy 27 (3):593-609.
The Function of Modal Judgment and the Kantian Gap.Jessica Leech - 2018 - Synthese 198 (Suppl 13):3193-3212.
Kant, Causation and Laws of Nature.James Hutton - 2021 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 86:93-102.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

The Cosmological Argument and the Causal Principle.Bruce R. Reichenbach - 1975 - International Journal for Philosophy of Religion 6 (3):185 - 190.
From States of Affairs to a Necessary Being.Joshua Rasmussen - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 148 (2):183 - 200.
Descartes' Problematic Causal Principle of Ideas.Frederick J. O’Toole - 1993 - Journal of Philosophical Research 18:167-191.
Razão prática pura como uma faculdade natural.Frederick Rauscher - 2006 - [email protected] - An International Journal for Moral Philosophy 5 (2):173-192.
Davidson's Identity Crisis.Daniel D. Hum - 1998 - Dialectica 52 (1):45-61.
Causal Closure Principles and Emergentism.E. J. Lowe - 2000 - Philosophy 75 (294):571-586.
Davidson’s Identity Crisis.Daniel D. Hutto - 1998 - Dialectica 52 (1):45-61.
Rehabilitating the Regulative Use of Reason: Kant on Empirical and Chemical Laws.Michael Bennett McNulty - 2015 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 54:1-10.


Added to PP index

Total views
2,232 ( #1,537 of 2,448,748 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
692 ( #445 of 2,448,748 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes