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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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s e v e n The Physical Monadology and theElements of Nature

s e v e n The Physical Monadology and theElements of Nature

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The Philosophy of the Young Kant
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Martin Schöneld

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195132181.003.0008

This chapter explores Kant’s professorial thesis, The Joint Use of Metaphysics and Geometry in Natural Philosophy, the First Example of Which Contains the Physical Monadology (1756). Section 1 describes Euler’s problem that Kant sets out to solve — How can indivisible, unextended points make up divisible and extended bodies? Section 2 discusses Kant’s dynamic solution: his conception of “activity spheres” as ultimate and energetic constituents of matter. Section 3 examines Kant’s argument for combining qualitative-conceptual and quantitative-empirical perspectives, and its role in the pre-critical project.

Keywords:   Physical Monadology, Leibniz, Euler, monad, elementary particles, metaphysics

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