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On The Other Hand …: A Reconsideration Of Kant, Incongruent Counterparts, And Absolute Space

Earman, John (1991) On The Other Hand …: A Reconsideration Of Kant, Incongruent Counterparts, And Absolute Space. In: The Philosophy of Right and Left: Incongruent Counterparts and the Nature of Space. The University of Western Ontario series in philosophy of science, 46 . Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 235 - 255. ISBN 0792308441

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In his 1768 essay ‘Concerning the Ultimate Foundation of the Differentiation of the Regions in Space’, Kant used incongruent counterparts in an attempt to refute a Leibnizian-relationist account of space. It is hard to imagine that scholars could be more divided on how to understand Kant’s argument and on how to assess its effectiveness (compare Alexander 1984/85; Broad 1978; Buroker 1981; Earman 1971; Gardner 1969; Lucas 1984; Nerlich 1973, 1976; Remnant 1963; Sklar 1974; Van Cleve 1987; Walker 1978; and Wolff 1969). Two years later in 1770 incongruent counterparts resurface in Kant’s Inaugural Dissertation, this time as part of a proof that our knowledge of space is intuitive. They appear yet again in the Prolegomena (1783) and the Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science (1786) as part of the argument for transcendental idealism. Not surprisingly, scholars are also at odds on how to explain the shifts in the roles Kant wanted incongruent counterparts to play and how to assess the importance of these matters for the development of his critical philosophy (compare Alexander 1984/85; Allison 1986; Bennett 1970; Broad 1978; Buchdahl 1969; Buroker 1981; Walker 1978; Winterbourne 1982; and Wolff 1969).


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Item Type: Book Section
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Earman, Johnjearman@pitt.eduJEARMAN
Centers: University Centers > Center for Philosophy of Science
Date: 1991
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Series Name: The University of Western Ontario series in philosophy of science
Volume: 46
Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers
Place of Publication: Dordrecht
Page Range: 235 - 255
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History and Philosophy of Science
Refereed: Yes
ISBN: 0792308441
Title of Book: The Philosophy of Right and Left: Incongruent Counterparts and the Nature of Space
Editors:
EditorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Van Cleve, JamesUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Frederick, RobertUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2012 03:12
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 05:07
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12989

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