Understanding Purpose: Kant and the Philosophy of Biology (North American Kant Society Studies in Philosophy) (Volume 8)

Understanding Purpose: Kant and the Philosophy of Biology (North American Kant Society Studies in Philosophy) (Volume 8) by Huneman, Philippe 1580462650 9781580462655
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Understanding Purpose is an exploration of the central concept of natural purpose [Naturzweck] in Kants philosophy of biology. Kants work in this area is marked by a strong teleological concern: living organisms, in his view, are qualitatively different from mechanistic devices, and as a result they cannot be understood by means of the same principles. At the same time, Kants own use of the concept of purpose does not presuppose any theological commitments, and is merely "regulative"; that is, it is employed as a heuristic device. The contributors to this volume also investigate the following key historical questions relating to Kants philosophy of biology: How does it relate to European work in the life sciences that was done before Kant arrived on the scene? How did Kants unique approach to the philosophy of biology in turn influence later work in this area?
The issues explored in this volume are as pertinent to the history of philosophy as they are to the history of science -- it is precisely the blurred boundaries between these two disciplines that allows for new perspectives on Kantianism and early nineteenth-century German biology to emerge.

Contributors: Jean-Claude Dupont, Mark Fisher, Philippe Huneman, Robert J. Richards, Phillip R. Sloan, Stphane Schmitt, and John Zammito.

Philippe Huneman is researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Unit of the Universit Paris.

(Volume 8)

Author: Huneman, Philippe

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 202

Publisher: University of Rochester Press

Publication Date: 2007-07-15


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