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The Philosophy of the Young KantThe Precritical Project$
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Martin Schönfeld

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195132182

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195132181.001.0001

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t w o The True Estimation of Living Forces Kant's Theory of Dynamics

t w o The True Estimation of Living Forces Kant's Theory of Dynamics

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The Philosophy of the Young Kant
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Martin Schöneld

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195132181.003.0003

This chapter explores the text and contentions of Kant’s first book, Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces (1747). Section 1 describes how Kant’s debut turned into a debacle. Section 2 discusses Kant’s dynamic ontology, such as his ideas on substantial interaction and energetic space. Section 3 analyzes Kant’s experimental and kinematic appraisals, which form the bulk of his first book. Section 4 describes Kant’s proposed synthesis of Cartesian momentum and Leibnizian energy as “true estimation” of force.

Keywords:   True Estimation of Living Forces, Leibniz, Descartes, Leipzig, dynamics, kinematics, mechanics, momentum, kinetic energy

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