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Philosophical Scientists and Scientific Philosophers

Kant and Husserl on the Philosophical Foundations of the Natural Sciences

From the book Husserl, Kant and Transcendental Phenomenology

  • Dale Allen Hobbs


This chapter explores the varying conceptions of science as such put forth by Kant and Husserl, particularly with respect to the essential connections that each posit between the natural sciences and the field of transcendental philosophy. Although both philosophers follow a similar path in spelling out a strict set of conditions for scientificity, this chapter largely sets out to investigate the ways in which their views on the subject differ. In particular, I discuss certain limitations on Kant’s view of science that do not recur on Husserl’s model; one major purpose of the chapter is thus to defend Husserl’s views as a more developed account of the relationship between science and transcendental philosophy than are those of his philosophical forebear.

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