Anna Frammartino Wilks


Acadia University

Kant’s Rescue of our Knowledge of Nature from the Problem of Unknowable Essences

The extent to which Kant’s revolutionary account of our knowledge of nature rejects the essentialism endorsed by some of his predecessors, such as Leibniz, Wolff and Baumgarten, is disputed among Kant scholars. Moreover some view Kant’s alleged rejection of essences as a denial of the reality of things in themselves, holding things in themselves to be identical with, or reducible to, essences (Hanna, 2006). Others deny both the reducibility of things in themselves to essences, and their non-reality (Ameriks, 2011).