Kant And The Exact Sciences

Kant And The Exact Sciences

by Michael Friedman, Lawrence M. Friedman
     
 

Kant sought throughout his life to provide a philosophy adequate to the sciences of his time--especially Euclidean geometry and Newtonian physics. In this new book, Michael Friedman argues that Kant's continuing efforts to find a metaphysics that could provide a foundation for the sciences is of the utmost importance in understanding the development of his… See more details below

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Kant sought throughout his life to provide a philosophy adequate to the sciences of his time--especially Euclidean geometry and Newtonian physics. In this new book, Michael Friedman argues that Kant's continuing efforts to find a metaphysics that could provide a foundation for the sciences is of the utmost importance in understanding the development of his philosophical thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674500365
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/19/1998
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
380
Product dimensions:
0.78(w) x 6.14(h) x 9.21(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction: Metaphysics and Exact Science in the Evolution of Kant's Thought

PART ONE: THE CRITICAL PERIOD

1. Geometry

2. Concepts and Intuitions in the Mathematical Sciences

3. Metaphysical Foundations of Newtonian Science

4. Space, the Understanding, and the Law of Gravitation: Prolegomena § 38

PART TWO: THE OPUS POSTUMUM

5. Transition from the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science to Physics

I The Transition Project and the Metaphysical Foundations
II The Transition Project and Reflective Judgement
III The Chemical Revolution
IV The Aether-Deduction
V The Fate of the Aether-Deduction

References and Translations for Kant's Writings

General Bibliography

Index

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