Title

Kant on the Laws of Nature: Laws, Necessitation, and the Limitation of Our Knowledge

Document Type

Article

Department

Philosophy (CMC)

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Consider the laws of nature—the laws of physics, for example. One familiar philosophical question about laws is this: what is it to be a law of nature? More specifically, is a law of nature a regularity, or a generalization stating a regularity? Or is it something else? Another philosophical question is: how, and to what extent, can we have knowledge of the laws of nature? I am interested here in Kant's answers to these questions, and their place within his broader theoretical philosophy during the period spanning from the first to the third Critique.

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