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Kant on Empirical Psychology

Thomas Sturm

in Kant and the Sciences

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780195133059
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786169 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195133056.003.0009
 Kant on Empirical Psychology

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This paper explains Kant’s views on the theory of matter as developed in the Dynamics chapter of his Metaphysical Foundations, and elaborates their background in the chemistry of the period. Kant’s general approach to matter theory unites Newtonian and Leibnizian motifs, and entails an intricate internal structure for matter involving a multiple overlap of material shells of different density. Kant’s chemical views derive from Stahlian chemistry and involve a noncorpuscularian account of chemical combination and a nonoperational conception of chemical elements.

Keywords: Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science; Kant; chemistry; Stahl; chemical combination; Newtonian chemistry; density

Chapter.  10983 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science

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