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Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality

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ISBN-13: 978-0521543613
ISBN-10: 0521543614
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"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

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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 18th 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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (December 20, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521543614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521543613
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,585,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nothing like this has been written on Kant's model of causality and its metaphysical implications for the Analogies of Experience, the Third Antinomy, and his response to David Hume. Most interpreters of Kant emphasize the purely epistemological or psychological aspects of his work and neglect the deeper metaphysical concerns he had. Watkins, however, is able to place Kant's work within the philosophical and historical context of his time, a context that differs in important respects from the standard historical account generally given. His writing, though extremely clear, is incredibly succinct, which is difficult since the ideas being expressed are subtle and complex. The work required to break down the material is, however, well rewarded with profound and penetrating insight into Kant's project and the deeper concerns of his work. This is an important read for anyone with more than a casual interest in Kant's philosophy.
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