Prescribing laws to nature. Part I. Newton, the pre-Critical Kant, and three problems about the lawfulness of nature

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Abstract

This paper traces the early reflections of the pre-Critical Kant on laws of
nature back to Newton’s governing conception of laws. Three problems with the
Newtonian conception are identified. I argue that in the attempt to provide a solution to them, in 1763 Kant came to forge a novel governing conception of laws.
Key to Kant’s novel view are the notions of ground and its determinations. The
role of these two notions in delivering the nomological necessity, explanatory
power, and unity of the laws of nature is discussed and analysed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-508
Number of pages18
JournalKant-Studien
Volume105
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • laws of nature
  • governing conception of laws
  • Newton
  • pre-Critical

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