Stefan Heßbrüggen-Walter

Affiliation: 

National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation

Metaphysics, Mathematics, Certainty: the Pre-History of the Preface to Kant’s Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science

Research on the preface to Kant’s Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science focuses mostly on its role within critical philosophy e. g. with regard to the changes Kant made in the second edition of the Critique of Pure Reason, appearing one year after the Metaphysical Foundations. My presentation proposes to change the perspective and to ask how the text relates to ongoing debates on the status of natural philosophy in 18th century Germany and beyond.