Synthesis, logical forms, and the objects of our ordinary experience response to Michael Friedman

Béatrice Longuenesse

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In the 82/2 (2000) issue of this journal, Michael Friedman has offered a stimulating discussion of my recent book, Kant and the Capacity to Judge. His conclusion is that on the whole I fail to do justice to what is most revolutionary about Kant's natural philosophy, and instead end up attributing to Kant a pre-Newtonian, Aristotelian philosophy of nature. This is because, according to Friedman, I put excessive weight on Kant's claim to have derived his categories from a set of logical forms of judgment which he inherits from a traditional Aristotelian logic. In taking Kant at his word on this point, I fail to give their full import to Kant's insights into the newly discovered applications of mathematical concepts and methods to the science of nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-212
Number of pages14
JournalArchiv fur Geschichte der Philosophie
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 1 2001


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