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Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie

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Volume 95, Issue 2

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Wolff and Kant on Scientific Demonstration and Mechanical Explanation

Hein van den Berg
  • Faculty of Philosophy and Network Institute, VU University Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Published Online: 2013-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2013-0008

Abstract: This paper analyzes Immanuel Kant’s views on mechanical explanation on the basis of Christian Wolff’s idea of scientific demonstration. Kant takes mechanical explanations to explain properties of wholes in terms of their parts. I reconstruct the nature of such explanations by showing how part-whole conceptualizations in Wolff’s logic and metaphysics shape the ideal of a proper and explanatory scientific demonstration. This logico-philosophical background elucidates why Kant construes mechanical explanations as ideal explanations of nature.

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Citation Information: Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie, Volume 95, Issue 2, Pages 178–205, ISSN (Online) 1613-0650, ISSN (Print) 0003-9101, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/agph-2013-0008.

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