Kant on the Laws of Nature: Laws, Necessitation, and the Limitation of Our Knowledge

European Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):527-558 (2008)
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Abstract

Consider the laws of nature—the laws of physics, for example. One familiar philosophical question about laws is this: what is it to be a law of nature? More specifically, is a law of nature a regularity, or a generalization stating a regularity? Or is it something else? Another philosophical question is: how, and to what extent, can we have knowledge of the laws of nature? I am interested here in Kant's answers to these questions, and their place within his broader theoretical philosophy during the period spanning from the first to the third Critique.

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