Mechanical explanation of nature and its limits in Kant's Critique of judgment.

@article{Breitenbach2006MechanicalEO,
  title={Mechanical explanation of nature and its limits in Kant's Critique of judgment.},
  author={Angela Breitenbach},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  year={2006},
  volume={37 4},
  pages={
          694-711
        }
}
  • Angela Breitenbach
  • Published 2006
  • Philosophy, Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
In this paper I discuss two questions. What does Kant understand by mechanical explanation in the Critique of judgment? And why does he think that mechanical explanation is the only type of the explanation of nature available to us? According to the interpretation proposed, mechanical explanations in the Critique of judgment refer to a particular species of empirical causal laws. Mechanical laws aim to explain nature by reference to the causal interaction between the forces of the parts of… Expand
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