New SEP entry: Kant’s Views on Space and Time


There is a new entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on “Kant’s Views on Space and Time,” written by Andrew Janiak (Philosophy, Duke University). To access it, please click here.

Here is its first paragraph:

Two aspects of Kant’s views on space and time are immediately evident: they are widely regarded as central to Kant’s so-called critical philosophy, and there is no consensus on how they ought to be characterized and explicated. The overarching goal of this entry is to bring some clarity to Kant’s views by situating them historically and philosophically within the milieu of some central debates concerning space and time in the early modern period, especially the rich century between the first edition of Newton’s Principia in 1687 and the publication of the second edition of the Critique of Pure Reason in 1787. But the difficulty of comprehending Kant’s views gives interpreters a reason to place a greater emphasis on context—I will especially highlight Kant’s reactions to his most significant predecessors in this area, Leibniz and Newton. The focus throughout will be on Kant’s magnum opus, the Critique of Pure Reason (1781/1787). Following tradition, and to some extent Kant’s own lead, the focus will also be on space and on our representation of space, although parallel points concerning time (and its representation) will sometimes be indicated.

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