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Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality - Eric Watkins

Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality

Hardcover Published: 20th December 2004
ISBN: 9780521835671
Number Of Pages: 464

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This is a book about Kant's views on causality as understood in their proper historical context. Specifically, Eric Watkins argues that a grasp of Leibnizian and anti-Leibnizian thought in eighteenth-century Germany helps one to see how the critical Kant argued for causal principles that have both metaphysical and epistemological elements. On this reading 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. This innovative conception of Kant's view of causality casts a light on Kant's philosophical beliefs in general, such as his account of temporality, his explanation of the reconciliation of freedom and determinism, and his response to the skeptical arguments of Hume.

'... an interesting and important work, which could be one of the two or three most significant works on Kant's theoretical philosophy to be published in the last decade.' Paul Guyer, University of Pennsylvania
"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

Introduction
Causality in Context
Pre-established harmony versus physical influx
Kant's pre-critical theory of causality
Causality in the Critical Period
Kant's second and third analogies of experience
Kant's model of causality
Causality and Consequences
The metaphysics of freedom
Kant's reply to Hume: historical and contemporary considerations
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ISBN: 9780521835671
ISBN-10: 0521835674
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 20th December 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 3.0
Weight (kg): 0.72