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<span class="smallCaps">t w o</span> <i>The True Estimation of Living Forces</i> Kant's Theory of Dynamics

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132182
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786336 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195132181.003.0003
 							t w o 						 							The True Estimation of Living Forces 						Kant's Theory of Dynamics

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This chapter explores the text and contentions of Kant’s first book, Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces (1747). Section 1 describes how Kant’s debut turned into a debacle. Section 2 discusses Kant’s dynamic ontology, such as his ideas on substantial interaction and energetic space. Section 3 analyzes Kant’s experimental and kinematic appraisals, which form the bulk of his first book. Section 4 describes Kant’s proposed synthesis of Cartesian momentum and Leibnizian energy as “true estimation” of force.

Keywords: True Estimation of Living Forces; Leibniz; Descartes; Leipzig; dynamics; kinematics; mechanics; momentum; kinetic energy

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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