Research Seminars: Semester Three, 2012-2013

April – May 2013: Joint Cambridge-Edinburgh-St Andrews Reading Group     

Kant and the Lawfulness of Nature (Co-organizers: Katharina Kraus, Michela Massimi, and Martin Sticker)

Timetable and Locations

30 April 3:30pm-5:00pm

Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building, 3.10.  Reading: P. Guyer, ‘Kant’s Conception of Empirical Laws,’ Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society,  Supplementary Volume: (1990) 221-42.

7 May 3:30pm-5:00pm

St Andrews, Edgecliffe, 104.  Reading: G. Buchdahl (1974) “The conception of lawlikeness in Kant’s Philosophy of Science” in L. W. Beck (ed.) Kant’s Theory of Knowledge, pp. 128-150.  An earlier version of the paper can be found online here.

14 May 3:30pm-5:00pm

Cambridge.  Reading: Philip Kitcher, “Projecting the Order of Nature,” in: Butts (ed.), Kant’s Philosophy of Physical Science

21 May 3:30pm-5:00pm

Edinburgh, Dugald Stewart Building, 1.17.  Reading: M. Friedman (2013) Kant’s Construction of Nature (CUP) , Ch. 3 Mechanics, pp. 275-335

28 May 3:30pm-5:00pm 

St Andrews.  Reading: M. Friedman (2013) Kant’s Construction of Nature (CUP) , Ch. 3 Mechanics, pp. 336-383.

4 June 3:30pm-5:00pm 

Cambridge.  Reading: E. Watkins, ‘The Argumentative Structure of Kant’s Metaphysical Foundations of Natural Science’, Journal of the History of Philosophy (1998) 567-593.

11 June 3:30pm-5:00pm 

Cambridge.  Reading: J. Kreines, ‘Kant on the Laws of Nature: Laws Necessitation, and the Limitation of Our Knowledge’, European Journal of Philosophy (2008), 17:4, pp.527-558.

To follow the weekly discussions for this reading group, see our blog. Everyone with an interest in Kant is invited to comment on the topics discussed there!

For any further information or to be added to the reading group’s mailing list, please contact James Collin: or Michela Massimi: