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Kant and the Metaphysics of Causality
by Eric Watkins
Eric Watkins argues that a grasp of Leibnizian and anti-Leibnizian thought in eighteenth-century Germany helps one to see how Kant (in his critical period) argued for causal principles that have both metaphysical and epistemological elements. According to this interpretation, Kant's model of causality does not consist of events, but rather of substances endowed with causal ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 30th 2015 by Cambridge University Press
(first published December 20th 2004)
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Nothing like this has been written on Kant's model of causality and its metaphysical implications for the Analogies of Experience, the Third Antinomy, and his response to David Hume. Watkins is able to place Kant's work within the philosophical and historical context of his time, a context that differs in important respects from the standard historical account generally given. Though the ideas being expressed are subtle and complex, the work required to break down the material is well rewarded w ...more