Studies in German Idealism

Kant on Proper Science

Biology in the Critical Philosophy and the Opus postumum

Authors: van den Berg, Hein

  • New and innovative analysis of the relation between Kant’s conception of proper science and his philosophy of biology
  • Complete overview of Kant’s philosophy of biology and reception of 18th century biological theories in the "Opus postumum"
  • Thorough analysis of Kant’s conception of biological science in relation to Christian Wolff’s philosophy of science
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This book provides a novel treatment of Immanuel Kant’s views on proper natural science and biology. The status of biology in Kant’s system of science is often taken to be problematic. By analyzing Kant’s philosophy of biology in relation to his conception of proper science, the present book determines Kant’s views on the scientific status of biology. Combining a broad ideengeschichtlich approach with a detailed historical reconstruction of philosophical and scientific texts, the book establishes important interconnections between Kant’s philosophy of science, his views on biology, and his reception of late 18th century biological theories. It discusses Kant’s views on science and biology as articulated in his published writings and in the Opus postumum. The book shows that although biology is a non-mathematical science and the relation between biology and other natural sciences is not specified, Kant did allow for the possibility of providing scientific explanations in biology and assigned biology a specific domain of investigation.           

About the authors

Hein van den Berg studied philosophy at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. He is postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and  TU Dortmund. With the book “Kant on Proper Science: Biology in the Critical Philosophy and the Opus postumum” he obtained his PhD cum laude in 2011. This book has been awarded the Research Prize Praemium Erasmianum.  

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Kant on Proper Science
Book Subtitle
Biology in the Critical Philosophy and the Opus postumum
Authors
Series Title
Studies in German Idealism
Series Volume
15
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-7140-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-7140-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-7139-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-024-0228-5
Series ISSN
1571-4764
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 283
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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