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Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality

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  • Date Published: December 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521543613

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  • Eric Watkins argues that a grasp of Leibnizian and anti-Leibnizian thought in eighteenth-century Germany helps one to see how Kant (in his critical period) argued for causal principles that have both metaphysical and epistemological elements. According to this interpretation, Kant's model of causality does not consist of events, but rather of substances endowed with causal powers that are exercised according to their natures and circumstances.

    • Innovative conception of Kant's view on causality
    • One of the best books on Kant's theoretical philosophy to be published in the last decade
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    "Eric Watkins' book is a substantial contribution to Kant scholarship, metaphysics, and the philosophy of science. Watkins' book makes an important difference and is among the most impressive works on Kant's early writings and their bearing on his Critiques."
    Gary L. Cesarz, Southeast Missouri state University, Journal of the History of Philosophy

    "Whether you agree with Watkin's reconstruction of Kantian causality or not, he defends the prospects of realistic casual analysis in a quantum world that would relegate causation to nothing less than an antiquarian curiosity." - Glenn Statile, St. John's University

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    • Date Published: December 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521543613
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Causality in Context:
    1. Pre-established harmony versus physical influx
    2. Kant's pre-critical theory of causality
    Part II. Causality in the Critical Period:
    3. Kant's second and third analogies of experience
    4. Kant's model of causality
    Part III. Causality and Consequences:
    5. The metaphysics of freedom
    6. Kant's reply to Hume: historical and contemporary considerations.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Kant's Critical Philosophy
    • Topics in the History of Philosophy
  • Author

    Eric Watkins, University of California, San Diego
    Eric Watkins is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.

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