Kant on Proper Science

Biology in the Critical Philosophy and the Opus postumum

  • Hein van den Berg

Part of the Studies in German Idealism book series (SIGI, volume 15)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Hein van den Berg
    Pages 1-14
  3. Hein van den Berg
    Pages 15-51
  4. Hein van den Berg
    Pages 53-87
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    Pages 89-110
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    Pages 111-147
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    Pages 187-220
  8. Hein van den Berg
    Pages 261-264
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 265-283

About this book


This book provides a novel treatment of Immanuel Kant’s views on proper natural science and biology. The status of biology in Kant’s system of science is often taken to be problematic. By analyzing Kant’s philosophy of biology in relation to his conception of proper science, the present book determines Kant’s views on the scientific status of biology. Combining a broad ideengeschichtlich approach with a detailed historical reconstruction of philosophical and scientific texts, the book establishes important interconnections between Kant’s philosophy of science, his views on biology, and his reception of late 18th century biological theories. It discusses Kant’s views on science and biology as articulated in his published writings and in the Opus postumum. The book shows that although biology is a non-mathematical science and the relation between biology and other natural sciences is not specified, Kant did allow for the possibility of providing scientific explanations in biology and assigned biology a specific domain of investigation.           


18th century biological theories Biological Science Christian Wolff Grounding Kant Mechanical explanation Opus postumum Scientific explanation Vital Forces proper science

Authors and affiliations

  • Hein van den Berg
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculteit der WijsbegeerteVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-7140-6
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-7139-0
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-7140-6
  • Series Print ISSN 1571-4764
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