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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 h r e e t h r e e On the Way toward the Precritical Project

t h r e e t h r e e On the Way toward the Precritical Project

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(p.56) T H R E E On the Way toward the Precritical Project
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The Philosophy of the Young Kant
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Martin Schöneld

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195132181.003.0004

This chapter explores the role that True Estimation of Living Forces (1747) played in Kant’s intellectual development. Section 1 describes Kant’s way of dealing with controversies and discusses his appropriation of Bilfinger’s heuristic strategy. Section 2 describes how quantities differ from physical objects for Kant, traces the Pietist roots of this view, and examines how this view of mathematics hamstrung Crusius and initially also Kant. Section 3 discusses the differences between Kantian dynamics and Newtonian mechanics, and details the reasons for Kant’s distance from Newton.

Keywords:   True Estimation of Living Forces, Bilfinger, Rüdiger, Crusius, Newton, St. Petersburg, Pietism, harmony of oppposites, methodology, mathematics

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