XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant's Conception of Philosophy, 1764-5

Robert Raikes Clewis

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: sala Verri
Data: 26 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 04 giugno 2010


This paper examines Kant’s conception of philosophy in 1764-5. It analyzes the Inquiry, the Observations, the unpublished Remarks, the Maladies of the Head, and the Announcement. The interpretation I defend is as follows. For Kant, philosophy includes metaphysics, logic, ethics, and aesthetics. Kant questions the method and conclusions of German school metaphysics (Schulphilosophie). He thinks that philosophy should be grounded in experience as well as practical and useful for life. Kant was at a crossroads in 1764-5. It was unclear if he would go in the direction of empirical Popularphilosophie or in the direction of Schulphilosophie.