By Hein van den Berg
This bookprovides a singular therapy of Immanuel Kant’s perspectives on right normal technological know-how and biology. The prestige of biology in Kant’s method of technology is frequently taken to be frustrating. by way of studying Kant’s philosophy of biology with regards to his notion of right technological know-how, the current publication determines Kant’s perspectives at the medical prestige of biology. Combining a wide ideengeschichtlich procedure with an in depth ancient reconstruction of philosophical and clinical texts, the publication establishes vital interconnections among Kant’s philosophy of technological know-how, his perspectives on biology, and his reception of past due 18th century organic theories. It discusses Kant’s perspectives on technology and biology as articulated in his released writings and within the Opus postumum. The publication exhibits that even supposing biology is a non-mathematical technological know-how and the relation among biology and different usual sciences isn't designated, Kant did let for the potential of delivering medical causes in biology and assigned biology a particular area of research.
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I will return to this topic in Sect. 5. 93 Causal regularities relating present effects to earlier causes are derived from the observation of forces presently operative in nature and inferences by analogy, supporting the claim that these forces have been operative in the past and have produced effects similar to those presently observed. 96 This may explain why natural history is classified as a doctrine rather than a science of nature. , we must be justified in asserting their necessary truth.
10 AA 9: 139–140. 11 Ibid. 12 See, for example, Meier 1752b, 70–80. Meier’s Auszug, a shortened version of his Vernunftlehre (1752), was employed by Kant as a compendium for his lectures on logic. It provides an important reference for understanding Kant’s views on logic. On Meier’s logics, see Pozzo 2005. 13 AA 9: 95. 14 AA 9: 96. 16 The extension of concepts is specified by means of logical division. Thus, through definitions and logical division we establish a systematic order among concepts.
There, it is argued that the completeness of any system requires (y) the specification of upper and lower bounds, and (z) principles by means of which all the parts of a system can be related. 42 Similarly, in constructing a system of concepts we can specify a highest genus and infima species and relate them in terms of their extension or intension by means of the logical rules governing definitions and the specification of concepts. Recall, however, that Kant takes infima species to be specified by convention.