Kant on the Analytic-Synthetic or Mechanistic Model of Causal Explanation

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In the Critique of Teleological Judgment, Kant endorses a distinct model of causal explanation. He claims that we explain natural wholes as the causal effect of their parts and the forces governing them, i. e., we explain mechanistically or following the analytic-synthetic method of modern science. According to McLaughlin's influential interpretation, Kant endorses in this, without argument, the predominant scientific method of his time. The text suggests, however, that we explain mechanistically according to the constitution of our discursive understanding. The paper attempts to reconstruct the argument establishing this claim.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)19-42
Number of pages24
JournalKant Yearbook
Issue number1
StatePublished - 26 Sep 2017

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  • Philosophy


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