<span class="smallCaps">t h r e e</span> <span class="smallCaps">t h r e e</span> <i>On the Way toward the Precritical Project</i>

Martin Schöneld

in The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132182
Published online May 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786336 | DOI:
 							t h r e e 						  							t h r e e 						  							On the Way toward the Precritical Project

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This chapter explores the role that True Estimation of Living Forces (1747) played in Kant’s intellectual development. Section 1 describes Kant’s way of dealing with controversies and discusses his appropriation of Bilfinger’s heuristic strategy. Section 2 describes how quantities differ from physical objects for Kant, traces the Pietist roots of this view, and examines how this view of mathematics hamstrung Crusius and initially also Kant. Section 3 discusses the differences between Kantian dynamics and Newtonian mechanics, and details the reasons for Kant’s distance from Newton.

Keywords: True Estimation of Living Forces; Bilfinger; Rüdiger; Crusius; Newton; St. Petersburg; Pietism; harmony of oppposites; methodology; mathematics

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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