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On Kant's First Insight into the Problem of Space Dimensionality and its Physical Foundations

Caruso, Francisco and Xavier, Roberto Moreira (2015) On Kant's First Insight into the Problem of Space Dimensionality and its Physical Foundations. Kant-Studien, 106 (4). pp. 547-560. ISSN 1613-1134

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In this article it is shown that a careful analysis of Kant's Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte und Beurtheilung der Beweise leads to a conclusion that does not match the usually accepted interpretation of Kant's reasoning in 1747, according to which the young Kant supposedly establishes a relationship between the tridimensionality of space and Newton's law of universal gravitation. Indeed, it is argued that this text does not yield a satisfactory explanation of space dimensionality, and actually restricts itself to justifying the tridimensionality of extension.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
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Caruso, Franciscofrancisco.caruso@gmail.com
Xavier, Roberto Moreira
Keywords: Space; Physical space; Extension; Dimensionality; Leibniz; Newton
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Depositing User: Dr. Francisco Caruso
Date Deposited: 30 Jun 2016 15:48
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2016 15:48
Item ID: 12242
Journal or Publication Title: Kant-Studien
Publisher: De Gruyter
Official URL: https://www.degruyter.com/view/j/kant.2015.106.iss...
DOI or Unique Handle: https://doi.org/10.1515/kant-2015-0051
Subjects: General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > Philosophers of Science
Date: December 2015
Page Range: pp. 547-560
Volume: 106
Number: 4
ISSN: 1613-1134
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/12242

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