The Function of Natural Science for the Ends of Reason

  • Brigitte FalkenburgEmail author


As well known, the exact sciences served Kant as a model of metaphysical cognition. There is also an opposite relation between science and metaphysics, however, namely the teleology of reason, as expressed at the end of the Critique of Pure Reason. There, Kant claims that the sciences are ultimately subordinate to the essential ends of humanity “through the mediation of a rational cognition from mere concepts”, i. e., metaphysical cognition.


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  1. 1.Technische Universität DortmundDortmundDeutschland

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