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Kant's Theory of Action$
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Richard McCarty

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199567720

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199567720.001.0001

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Acting in Two Worlds

Acting in Two Worlds

(p.105) 4 Acting in Two Worlds
Kant's Theory of Action

Richard McCarty

Oxford University Press

Actions causally determined by psychological forces can be free actions, if they are appearances (as “phenomena”) in the sensible world of what we (as “noumena”) do freely in the intelligible world. Kant's metaphysics allows for the existence of multiple worlds, although not for multiple worlds in space and time. A world is a community of active substances, in which each affects all, and is in turn affected by all. We may act freely in the intelligible world by joining with all other members of that world to form a community, and our actions there may appear here, in space and time, as effects of prior psychological causes.

Keywords:   phenomena, noumena, world, sensible world, intelligible world, space, time, substance, cause, community

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