Kant, Science, and Human Nature

Kant, Science, and Human Nature

Kant, Science, and Human Nature

Kant, Science, and Human Nature

Synopsis

Robert Hanna argues for the importance of Kant's theories of the epistemological, metaphysical, and practical foundations of the "exact sciences"--relegated to the dustbin of the history of philosophy for most of the 20th century. In doing so he makes a valuable contribution to one of the most active and fruitful areas in contemporary scholarship on Kant.

Excerpt

Kant’s joke. Kant wanted to prove in a way that would dumbfound
the common man that the common man was right: that was the secret
joke of this soul.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Appearances are not held to be a clue to the truth. But we seem to
have no other.

Ivy Compton-Burnett

The truly apocalyptic view of the world is that things do not repeat
themselves. It isn’t absurd, e.g., to believe that the age of science and
technology is the beginning of the end for humanity; that the idea
of great progress is a delusion, along with the idea that the truth will
ultimately be known; that there is nothing good or desirable about
scientific knowledge and that mankind, in seeking it, is falling into a
trap. It is by no means obvious that this is not how things are.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

0.0. Kant, the Analytic Tradition,
and the Exact Sciences

This book is a study of Immanuel Kant’s theory of the epistemological, metaphysical, and practical foundations of “the exact sciences”: pure mathematics and fundamental physics. On Kant’s view, pure mathematics and fundamental physics are a priori sciences, which is to say that the

Nietzsche, The Portable Nietzsche, p. 96.

Compton-Burnett, Manservant and Maidservant. Compton-Burnett could be read as saying either (a) that we have no clue to the truth except appearances, or (b) that appearances are the truth. I am reading her both ways.

Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, p. 56e.

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