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Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

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Editorial Board Member: Adamson, Peter / Bartuschat, Wolfgang / Cooper, John M. / Curley, Edwin M / Emilsson, Eyjólfur Kjalar / Förster, Eckart / Frede, Dorothea / Friedman, Michael / Garrett, Don / Grasshoff, Gerd / Irwin, Terence / Kahn, Charles H. / Knuuttila, Simo / Koistinen, Olli / Kraut, Richard / Longuenesse, Béatrice / McCabe, Mary / Pasnau, Robert / Perler, Dominik / Reginster, Bernard / Timmermann, Jens / Trifogli, Cecilia / Weidemann, Hermann / Zöller, Günter

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Synthesis, Logical Forms, and the Objects of our Ordinary Experience Response to Michael Friedman

Béatrice Longuenesse1


Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie. Volume 83, Issue 2, Pages 199–212, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: 10.1515/agph.83.2.199, February 2008

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In the 82/2 (2000) issue of this journal, Michael Friedman has offered a stimulating discussion of my recent book, Kant and the Capacity to Judge. His conclusion is that on the whole I fail to do justice to what is most revolutionary about Kant's natural philosophy, and instead end up attributing to Kant a pre-Newtonian, Aristotelian philosophy of nature. This is because, according to Friedman, I put excessive weight on Kant's claim to have derived his categories from a set of logical forms of judgment which he inherits from a traditional Aristotelian logic. In taking Kant at his word on this point, I fail to give their full import to Kant's insights into the newly discovered applications of mathematical concepts and methods to the science of nature.

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