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Kant's Justification of the Laws of Mechanics

Eric Watkins

in Kant and the Sciences

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133059
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133056.003.0008
 Kant's Justification of the Laws of Mechanics

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This paper notes a number of differences between Newton’s formulations of the laws of motion and Kant’s formulations of the laws of mechanics, and then argues that these differences are not superficial. Their significance can be seen by taking Kant’s rationalist background into account. The essay also contains discussions of Kant’s claims concerning the infinite divisibility of matter, the equality of action and reaction, and action at a distance.

Keywords: Newton’s laws of motion; Kant; motion; infinite divisibility; Kant’s laws of mechanics; divisibility of matter; action; reaction

Chapter.  12573 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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