‘On viewing the figure’: Wolff, Mendelssohn, Lambert and Kant on the method of geometry
Emily Carson (McGill University)

March 29, 2019, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

University College 2110
1151 Richmond Street
London
Canada

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In this paper, I consider four presentations of geometrical demonstration by Wolff, Mendelssohn, Lambert and the pre-Critical Kant to show the role that each admits for sensibility in geometrical cognition. I then argue that Kant’s Critical conception of geometrical demonstration was not so different from those of his predecessors. What Kant contributes is an account of the nature of sensibility that can explain the acknowledged role for construction in geometrical demonstration.

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