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Kants Modell kausaler Beziehungen. Zu Watkins' Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality

Boris Hennig1


Citation Information: Kant-Studien. Volume 102, Issue 3, Pages 367–384, ISSN (Online) 1613-1134, ISSN (Print) 0022-8877, DOI: 10.1515/kant.2011.026, September 2011

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Eric Watkins argues that according to Kant, causation is not a relation between two events, but a relation between the “causality” of a substance and an event. It is shown that his arguments are partly based on a confusion between causation and interaction. Further, Watkins claims that for Kant, causes cannot be temporally determined. If this were true, it would follow that there can be no causal chains, and that all factors that determine the time when an effect occurs do not belong to its cause. However, it is not true. In order to understand Kant, one must distinguish between causation, action, and interaction. When two substances interact, each of them does something (an event), which causes something to happen to the other one.

Keywords:: Causation; Interaction; Analogies of Experience

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