Metaphysical Foundations of Neoclassical Mechanics

In Michela Massimi & Angela Breitenbach (eds.), Kant and the Laws of Nature. Cambridge University Press. pp. 214-234 (2017)
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Marius Stan
Boston College
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I examine here if Kant’s metaphysics of matter can support any late-modern versions of classical mechanics. I argue that in principle it can, by two different routes. I assess the interpretive costs of each approach, and recommend the most promising strategy: a mass-point approach.
Keywords Kant  Laws of nature  Classical mechanics  Constitution theory  Foundations of mechanics
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