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Kant on Reality, Cause, and Force
From the Early Modern Tradition to the Critical Philosophy

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  • Author: Tal Glezer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
  • Date Published: February 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108420693

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  • Kant's category of reality is an often overlooked element of his Critique of Pure Reason. Tal Glezer shows that it nevertheless belongs at the core of Kant's mature critical philosophy: it captures an issue that motivated his critical turn, shaped his theory of causation, and established the role of his philosophy of science. Glezer's study traces the roots of Kant's category of reality to early modern debates over the intelligibility of substantial forms, fueled by the tension between the idea of non-extended substances and that of extended objects. This tension influenced Kant's pre-critical work, and eventually inspired his radical break towards transcendental idealism. Glezer explores the importance of reality for Kant's conceptions of cause and force, and sheds new light on his philosophy of physical science, including gravity. His book will interest scholars of Kant and of early modern philosophy, as well as historians of scientific ideas.

    • Presents an original perspective on Kant's category of reality and its relationship with the concepts of cause and force, exploring a commonly neglected topic
    • Discusses the link between Kant's major work, the Critique of Pure Reason, and his philosophy of science, described in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science
    • Includes extended discussion of early modern thought, tracing the roots and development of Kant's concept of reality
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    ‘Kant on Reality, Cause, and Force is the first study to give a coherent account of the complex relationship between qualities, causes, and forces in Kant's philosophy by drawing on important strands in early modern philosophy and science. It is a compelling reconstruction of Kant's critical concept of reality, and, with its distinctively non-psychological viewpoint, it makes an original contribution both to Kant scholarship and to the development of early modern metaphysics and philosophy of nature more broadly.' Konstantin Pollok, University of South Carolina

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    • Date Published: February 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108420693
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of abbreviations
    Introduction: 'what corresponds to sensation'
    Part I. Substantial Forms and Reality:
    1. Reality and substantial forms in Descartes and Suárez
    1.1. Reality-containment and substantial forms in Descartes and Suárez
    1.2. Causation and substantial forms in Descartes and Suárez
    1.3. Descartes on the intelligibility of substantial forms
    2. Vis Viva and the essence of matter
    2.1. Vis Viva and quantity of motion
    2.2. Vis Viva and 'quantity of progress'
    2.3. Vis Viva and potential energy
    2.4. Potential energy and substantial forms
    2.5. Living and dead forces, primitive and derivative forces in Leibniz's Specimen Dynamicum
    2.6. The principle of sufficient reason and the intelligibility of substantial forms
    3. Leibniz on the law of continuity
    3.1. Leibniz on the law of continuity in mathematics
    3.2. Leibniz on the law of continuity in physics
    3.3. Leibniz's law of continuity and genus-species subordination
    Part II. The Magnitude of Reality:
    4. Reality and magnitude in Kant's Negative Magnitudes
    4.1. The validity of mathematical concepts in philosophy
    4.2. Negative magnitudes and real opposition
    4.3. Kant's main argument in Negative Magnitudes Section III
    4.4. Ground and consequence, and the law of continuity in Negative Magnitudes
    5. The category of reality and the law of continuity
    5.1. Kant's classification of laws of continuity
    5.2. Laws of continuity in Kant's Inaugural Dissertation
    5.3. The law of continuity's place in the table of categories
    5.4. The ground of sensation in the Inaugural Dissertation and in the CPR
    6. Objectivity and the quantification of reality
    6.1. Objectivity and the concepts of quality
    6.2. Why qualities should have quantities
    6.3. Intensive magnitudes and the anticipations of perception
    7. Reality, causation, and motion
    7.1. Reality and causation
    7.2. Simultaneous and instantaneous causation
    7.3. Reality and motion
    7.4. Reality, motion, and the moment of change
    Part III. The All of Reality:
    8. Metaphysical and mechanical laws of the continuity of alteration
    8.1. The continuity of alteration in the CPR
    8.2. The continuity of alteration in the MFNS
    9. The second analogy and the uniformity of nature
    9.1. The second analogy and the existence of empirical laws
    9.2. 'An unbounded diversity of empirical laws'
    9.3. The applicability of transcendental principles in experience
    10. Reality and the system of all possible empirical concepts
    10.1. Kant and Leibniz on the idea of a system of all possible empirical concepts
    10.2. Transcendental ideas and the concept of realitas noumenon
    10.3. Transcendental ideas and the pure use of reason
    10.4. Transcendental ideas and the property of continuity
    10.5. The transcendental ideas and the regulative principles of science
    11. Reality and the derivation of rgavitation
    11.1. Kant's example of genus-species subordination in the appendix to the dialectic
    11.2. Kant's example and the continuity of conic sections
    11.3. Kant's example and Newton's derivation of gravitation
    11.4. Kant on Newton and the objective validity of motion
    11.5. Kant on genus-species subordination and Newton's derivation of gravitation

  • Author

    Tal Glezer, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science
    Tal Glezer is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

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