By Katharina T. Kraus and Silvia De Bianchi (Editors)
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 71 (2018)

Deeply fascinated by the scientific developments of his own time, Kant has offered numerous philosophical insights into the methodological and metaphysical foundations of the sciences. Kant is most famous for his appraisal of Newtonian physics, which for him was the paradigm case for all sciences properly so-called. Yet Kant pursued more broadly questions of the earth, life, and human sciences and made intriguing observations that have fostered a better understanding of their special character. This special issue is motivated by the belief that Kant’s insights have remained relevant from his own time up to the present as a perennial source of inspiration as well as of controversy. A major goal of this special issue is to continue this dialogue between Kant and the sciences, by contributing to a more comprehensive understanding of Kant’s philosophy of science with a view to bridging the gap between the natural and the human sciences. This dialogue can provide a highly promising point of reference for integrating history and philosophy of science.


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