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Kant's Dynamics

Daniel Warren

in Kant and the Sciences

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133059
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133056.003.0006
 Kant's Dynamics

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Kant contrasts dynamical and mechanistic approaches to physics, and rejects the latter. This paper attempts to connect this rejection to Kant’s views about a fundamental shift in the conception of matter’s basic properties, and in the explanatory projects in which they figure. It argues that for Kant, the mechanistic conception of impenetrability involves an attempt to characterize matter through its inner (nonrelational) properties. In this way, Kant’s rejection of the mechanistic conception is tied to considerations from the first Critique, namely, the critical doctrine that we cannot know things as they are in themselves.

Keywords: Kant; philosophy of science; physics; matter; dynamics; mechanics; matter theory; impenetrability

Chapter.  12953 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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