XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

The Philosopher's and the Physician's Business: Kant and Gaub on matters of health

Yvonne Unna

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Locke
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 17:00
Ultima modifica: 13 aprile 2010


In this paper, I focus on Kant’s attempt in De Medicina Corporis, quae Philosophorum est to formulate a criterion that serves to demarcate the physician’s area of competence from that of the philosopher’s with regard to physical and mental health. I show that Kant develops his view regarding the respective areas of competence in direct response to Jerome Gaub’s two essays on psychosomatic medicine entitled De Regimine Mentis quod Medicorum est. I suggest that Kant’s demarcation of the respective areas of competence of physicians and philosophers makes plausible his view of dietetics as an art that can be practiced by anyone and serves the promotion of his conception of philosophy as an essentially practical enterprise.