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The Philosophy of the Young KantThe Precritical Project$
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Martin Schönfeld

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195132182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195132181.001.0001

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t h r e e t h r e e On the Way toward the Precritical Project

t h r e e t h r e e On the Way toward the Precritical Project

(p.56) T H R E E On the Way toward the Precritical Project
The Philosophy of the Young Kant

Martin Schöneld

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the role that True Estimation of Living Forces (1747) played in Kant’s intellectual development. Section 1 describes Kant’s way of dealing with controversies and discusses his appropriation of Bilfinger’s heuristic strategy. Section 2 describes how quantities differ from physical objects for Kant, traces the Pietist roots of this view, and examines how this view of mathematics hamstrung Crusius and initially also Kant. Section 3 discusses the differences between Kantian dynamics and Newtonian mechanics, and details the reasons for Kant’s distance from Newton.

Keywords:   True Estimation of Living Forces, Bilfinger, Rüdiger, Crusius, Newton, St. Petersburg, Pietism, harmony of oppposites, methodology, mathematics

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