XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

The Question of Empirical Psychology in the Pre-Critical Period: A Case For Discontinuity in Kant's Thought

Saulo de Freitas Araujo

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Diderot
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


Kant’s mature view about the nature and limits of empirical psychology in relation to philosophical knowledge is well known and has been abundantly reported in the secondary literature. The latter, however, has centered almost exclusively on the critical period, leaving some important questions for a better understanding of Kantian thought unanswered. Accordingly, a more thorough explanation of the gradual transformation that empirical psychology underwent in Kant’s thought is called for. The aim of this paper is to present the first results of a larger study that indicate discontinuity in Kant’s conception of empirical psychology in the pre-critical period. The concept of empirical psychology and its potential contributions to metaphysics will be emphasized here. Finally, some ramifications of this question in the critical period will be briefly indicated.