Reality & Impenetrability in Kant's Philosophy of Nature by Daniel Warren

By Daniel Warren

This booklet highlights Kant's basic distinction among the mechanistic and dynamical conceptions of subject, that's vital to his perspectives in regards to the foundations of physics, and is healthier understood by way of the distinction among gadgets of sensibility and issues in themselves.

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This difference between the traditional and the Kantian conceptions of the contrast between reality and negation can be further elaborated along the following lines. We can consider the laws that hold of a thing just insofar as it is a thing of a certain kind—the laws governing the behavior of things of that kind. On the traditional conception, such a law could hold of a thing just insofar as it has a certain reality. , which had, instead, the corresponding negation. 31 This can be illustrated by a case which, although it is not a sensible quality, nevertheless makes out the point very clearly.

NG, §1, Ak. 2, 175). A nearly identical definition is given in the "Amphiboly" section of It is worth noting that if a reality is said to be a causal power, then there will also be a derivative sense in which the effects, too, can be called realities. 48 This is not to say that noumenal realities cannot be causal powers. The point is that there is no systematic reason why they must be causal powers. Blessedness, according to Kant, is one of the noumenal realities (perfections) belonging to God, but there is no reason to regard it as a causal power.

It is important to see how radically this differs from the traditional account of the contrast between reality and negation. , which realities they had and which they lacked. Qualitative difference had, as one of its sources, the difference between reality and negation. ) To think of reality and negation as differing merely quantitatively is, on the traditional account, to misrepresent the contrast. To play the role they are meant to play in accounting for fundamental distinctions among kinds, reality and negation were necessarily regarded as heterogeneous.

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