Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality

Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality

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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.
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  • Paperback | 464 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 26mm | 680g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 0521543614
  • 9780521543613
  • 80,972

Table of contents

Introduction; Part I. Causality in Context: 1. Pre-established harmony versus physical influx; 2. Kant's pre-critical theory of causality; Part II. Causality in the Critical Period: 3. Kant's second and third analogies of experience; 4. Kant's model of causality; Part III. Causality and Consequences: 5. The metaphysics of freedom; 6. Kant's reply to Hume: historical and contemporary considerations.
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'... 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
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About Eric Watkins

Eric Watkins is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, San Diego.
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