In this paper, we take the cue from a recent observation of Dan Warren about pre-Newtonian elements in Kant's philosophy of nature to argue that there are two puzzles concerning Kant's claim that mechanical laws presuppose dynamical laws in Chapter Three of Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science. We offer responses on Kant's behalf to these puzzles. These responses take us through a journey via Kant's first pre-Critical work, True Estimation of Living Forces, and the then lively debate between Cartesians and Leibnizians. We show how some important Cartesian echoes, clearly evident in True Estimation, have played a role in shaping some seminal ideas of Kant on dynamical forces.

Cartesian echoes in Kant's philosophy of nature / M. Massimi, S. De Bianchi. - In: STUDIES IN HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE. - ISSN 0039-3681. - 44:3(2013), pp. 481-492. [10.1016/j.shpsa.2012.10.011]

Cartesian echoes in Kant's philosophy of nature

S. De Bianchi
Secondo
2013

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In this paper, we take the cue from a recent observation of Dan Warren about pre-Newtonian elements in Kant's philosophy of nature to argue that there are two puzzles concerning Kant's claim that mechanical laws presuppose dynamical laws in Chapter Three of Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science. We offer responses on Kant's behalf to these puzzles. These responses take us through a journey via Kant's first pre-Critical work, True Estimation of Living Forces, and the then lively debate between Cartesians and Leibnizians. We show how some important Cartesian echoes, clearly evident in True Estimation, have played a role in shaping some seminal ideas of Kant on dynamical forces.
Dortous de Mairan; Dynamics; Elasticity; Kant; Mechanics
Settore M-FIL/02 - Logica e Filosofia della Scienza
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