XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

An Old Approach to a New Riddle: Kantian Purposiveness and Goodman's Projectibility

Linda Palmer

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


Kant's main question in the Introductions to the Critique of Judgment can be understood as: Why (on what grounds) do we expect to find any lawlike regularities in nature? I argue that the Kantian principle of the “purposiveness” of nature can be better understood in light of Nelson Goodman's “projectibility”. However, Kant's solution is not what inductive logicians might like to have, namely criteria for determining projectibility; he proposes a merely subjective principle. This account has implications for our understanding of mother-wit, or judgment as the peculiar talent, which can be practiced only and cannot be taught, and its development in human culture.