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Kant, Science, and Human Nature$
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Robert Hanna

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199285549

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285549.001.0001

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Manifest Realism I: A Critique of Scientific Essentialism

Manifest Realism I: A Critique of Scientific Essentialism

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(p.140) 3 Manifest Realism I: A Critique of Scientific Essentialism
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Kant, Science, and Human Nature
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Robert Hanna (Contributor Webpage)

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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199285549.003.0004

This chapter makes a negative case for Kant's manifest realism by criticizing the leading contemporary version of maximal scientific realism, namely, scientific essentialism. It begins with a discussion of what is scientific essentialism. It presents four distinct ways that Kant would criticize scientific essentialism: the empirical inaccessibility of the microphysical world, why there is no necessary a posteriori, the antimony of essentialism, and the logical contingency of the laws of nature.

Keywords:   scientific realism, scientific essentialism, microphysical world, laws of nature

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