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Michela Massimi: Metaphysics and perspectival knowledge. A Kantian tale

When:We 19-12-2018 15:15 - 17:00
Where:Room Omega

Colloquium lecture by Michela Massimi (University of Edinburgh), organized by the Department of Theoretical Philosophy

In this paper I return to Kant’s Appendix to the Transcendental Dialectic and his view of ideas of reason to flesh out a notion of  “perspectival knowledge” that I see as distinctively Kantian. I elucidate the role of ideas of reason as imaginary metaphysical standpoints that are nonetheless indispensably necessary for scientific knowledge. Finally I explain the current relevance of this Kantian notion for contemporary debates on realism and perspectivism in science.