XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

"Merely Mechanistic Laws": Causal Mechanism and Kant's Antinomy of the Teleological Power of Judgment

Thomas Joerg Teufel

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Hume
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 12 aprile 2010


Standard interpretations of Kant’s Antinomy in the Dialectic of the Telelogical Power of Judgment hold that the antinomical conflict concerns the necessity of judging natural origins mechanistically. This is a mistake. Commentators fail to take into account the pivotal detail that Kant discusses the explanatory sway not of ‘mechanistic laws’ but of ‘merely mechanistic laws.’ When this is properly taken note of, it becomes evident that Kant’s Antinomy concerns, instead, the universal sufficiency of judging natural origins mechanistically. The implications of this result are considerable. Lacking a proper understanding of the nature of the problem that is at the heart of Kant’s Teleology, commentators have yet to begin to appreciate the nature of Kant’s solution.