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<span class="smallCaps">n i n e</span> <i>The Newtonian Program of thePrize Essay and Kant's Crisis</i> The Struggle for Freedom

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/10.1093/0195132181.003.0010
 							n i n e 						 							The Newtonian Program of thePrize Essay and Kant's Crisis 						The Struggle for Freedom

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This chapter explores the aftermath of Only Possible Argument and the Prize Essay (1764). Section 1 examines the curious preface of Kant’s third book, the exchange with Mendelssohn, and Kant’s growing metaphysical misgivings. Section 2 describes how Kant first arrives at the problem of the possibility of metaphysics and its initial analytic solution. Section 3 discusses Kant’s proposed methodology, its inspiration by Newton and Euler, and its relation to Spinoza’s geometric method and Tschirnhaus’s experimental method. Section 4 examines Kant’s conception of intuitive certainty of conceptual truth, the role of Crusius, and the exchange with Lambert.

Keywords: Only Possible Argument; Prize Essay; Mendelssohn; Euler; Newton; Tschirnhaus; Crusius; Lambert; methodology; metaphysics

Chapter.  9131 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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