Kant's critique of judgment and the scientific investigation of matter

  • Rothbart D
  • Scherer I
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Kant’s theory of judgment establishes the conceptual framework for understanding the subtle relationships between the experimental scientist, the modern instrument, and nature’s atomic particles. The principle of purposive-ness which governs judgment has also a role in implicitly guiding modern experimental science. In Part 1 we explore Kant’s philosophy of science as he shows how knowledge of material nature and unobservable entities is possible. In Part 2 we examine the way in which Kant’s treatment of judgment, with its operating principle of purposiveness, enters into his critical project and under¬lies the possibility of rational science. In Part 3 we show that the centrality given to judgment in Kant’s conception of science provides philosophical in¬sight into the investigation of atomic substances in modern chemistry.

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  • Experimentation
  • Investigation of matter
  • Judgment
  • Kant
  • Purposiveness

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  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-53249109451
  • SGR: 53249109451
  • ISSN: 14335158
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  • Daniel Rothbart

  • Irmgard Scherer

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