Kant’s 1768 attack on Leibniz’ conception of space

Kant-Studien 104 (2):145-166 (2013)
Authors
Stefan Storrie
Trinity College, Dublin
Abstract
This paper examines two features of Kant’s 1768 critique of Leibniz’ conception of space. Firstly, Leibniz’ proposed geometrical calculus called ‘analysis situs’; secondly, Leibniz’ relational conception of space. The main thesis of the paper is that Kant’s arguments are more powerful than generally recognized. With regard to the analysis situs, I will show that Kant was quite well informed about this proposed science and that his arguments severely undermine Leibniz’ claims to what it could perform. With regard to the relational theory of space, Kant’s argument would require Leibniz to present a complex story about the relation between God’s act of creation and our spatial experience to defend his relational view, rather than using the simple principle of sufficient reason.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1515/kant-2013-0011
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 38,086
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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Kant's Critique of the Leibnizian Philosophy : Contra the Leibnizians, but Pro Leibniz.Anja Jauernig - 2008 - In Daniel Garber & Béatrice Longuenesse (eds.), Kant and the Early Moderns. Princeton University Press. pp. 41-63.
Leibniz and Newton on Space.Ori Belkind - 2013 - Foundations of Science 18 (3):467-497.
A Remark on Kant's Argument From Incongruent Counterparts.Jeremy Byrd - 2008 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 16 (4):789 – 800.
Leibniz's Theory of Space.Richard T. W. Arthur - 2013 - Foundations of Science 18 (3):499-528.
Kant's Retrieval of Leibniz.Harold W. Brogan - 2004 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 8 (2):271-284.
Leibniz, Absolute Space and the Identity of Indiscernibles.Patrick Gamez - 2008 - Proceedings of the Xxii World Congress of Philosophy 16:107-113.
The Development of Kant's Conception of Divine Freedom.Patrick Kain - forthcoming - In Brandon Look (ed.), Leibniz and Kant. Oxford University Press.
Leibniz and Kant on Possibility and Existence.Ohad Nachtomy - 2012 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 20 (5):953-972.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-09-11

Total views
32 ( #213,414 of 2,313,341 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #366,294 of 2,313,341 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature