The Philosophy Of Right And Left

The Philosophy Of Right And Left : Incongruent Counterparts and the Nature of Space

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Incongruent counterparts are objects that are perfectly similar except for being mirror images of each other, such as left and right human hands. Immanuel Kant was the first great thinker to point out the philosophical significance of such objects. He called them "counter- parts" because they are similar in nearly every way, "incongruent" because, despite their similarity, one could never be put in the place of the other. Three important discussions of incongruent counterparts occur in Kant's writings. The first is an article published in 1768, 'On the First Ground of the Distinction of Regions in Space', in which Kant con- tended that incongruent counterparts furnish a refutation of Leibniz's relational theory of space and a proof of Newton's rival theory of absolute space. The second is a section of his Inaugural Dissertation, published two years later in 1770, in which he cited incongruent counterparts as showing that our knowledge of space must rest on intuitions. The third is a section of the Prolegomena to Any Future Metaphysics of 1783, in which he cited incongruent counterparts as a paradox resolvable only by his own theory of space as mind-dependent. A fourth mention in the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science of 1786 briefly repeats the Prolegomena point. Curiously, there is no mention of incongruent counterparts in either of the editions (1781 and 1787) of Kant's magnum opus, the Critique of Pure Reason.
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  • Hardback | 373 pages
  • 158 x 236 x 26mm | 680.39g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1991 ed.
  • X, 373 p.
  • 0792308441
  • 9780792308447

Table of contents

To The Argument Of 1768.- To The Arguments Of 1770 And 1783.- On The First Ground Of The Distinction Of Regions In Space (1768).- Selection From Section 15 Of Dissertation On The Form And Principles Of The Sensible And Intelligible World (1770).- Selection From The Prolegomena To Any Future Metaphysics (1783).- On Higher Space.- The Paradox Of Incongruous Counterparts.- Tractatus 6.36111.- Incongruent Counterparts And Absolute Space.- The Fourth Dimension.- The Ozma Problem And The Fall Of Parity.- The Difference Between Right And Left.- Kant Incongruous Counterparts, And The Nature Of Space And Space-Time.- Hands, Knees, And Absolute Space.- Incongruous Counterparts, Intrinsic Features, And The Substantiviality Of Space.- Incongruent Counterparts.- Showing And Telling: Can The Difference Between Right And Left Be Explained In Words?.- Right, Left, And The Fourth Dimension.- On the Other Hand...: A Reconsideration of Kant, Incongruent Counterparts, and Absolute Space.- Replies To Sklar And Earman.- Kant On Incongruent Counterparts.- The Role of Incongruent Counterparts in Kant's Transcendental Idealism.- Incongruent Counterparts And Things In Themselves.- Contemporary Contributors.
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