By Eric Watkins
Kant and the Sciences goals to bare the deep harmony of Kant's notion of technological know-how because it bears at the specific sciences of his day and on his belief of philosophy's functionality with admire to those sciences. It brings jointly for the 1st time twelve essays via prime Kant students that take into consideration Kant's belief of a wide selection of medical disciplines, together with physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and anthropology.
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F. Strawson's classic, The Bounds of Sense (London: Methuen, 1966), chap. II . , in 25. See n. 4 above, and my Kant's Theory of Mind, chap. C. Q. Cassam, Self and World (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1996) . "Recent Work on Kant's Theoretical Philosophy," American Philosophical Quarterly 19 (1982): 1-24 ; 26. Here I have been influenced by the work of A. Brueckner and R. Fogelin. 27. See E. Watkins, "Kant's Theory of Physical Influx," Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 77 (1995): 285-324 , and "The Development of Physical Influx in Early 18th Century Germany: Gottsched, Knutzen, and Crusius," Review of Metaphysics 49 (1995): 295339 .
Cf. A846/B874. 11. See the discussion and references in my Phenomenological Research 55 (1995): 361-67 . "On Paul Guyer's 'Kant and the Experience of Freedom,' " Philosophy and 12. Kant, April 7, 1799, open letter against the Wissenschaftslehre, in Zweig (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1967), 254 (12:370-71) . Kant: Philosophical Correspondence: 1755-1799, trans. A. 13. Zweig, Philosophical Correspondence, 125. 14. , A12/B26. 15. See further discussion of this point at the end of chap. 1 of my Kant and the Fate of Autonomy: Essays on the Appropriation of the Critical Philosophy (forthcoming).
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