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    Substance, Force, and the Possibility of Knowledge: On Kant’s Philosophy of Nature (review)
    Philosophical Review 111 (3): 439-442. 2002.
    Kant retired from teaching in 1796 and immediately began work in earnest on a new project that was supposed to complete his critical philosophy. It was never finished, and it has come down to us as a messy pile of notes published as volumes 21 and 22 in the “Academy edition” of Kant’s writings. The consensus today is that the so-called Opus Postumum would provide an immensely valuable window on the final state of Kant’s philosophy—if somebody could just make sense of it. A number of scholars wri…Read more
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    Problems and postulates: Kant on reason and understanding
    Journal of the History of Philosophy 36 (2): 279-309. 1998.
    Problems and Postulates: Kant on Reason and Understanding ALISON LAYWINE THE PURPOSE OF THIS PAPER is to think anew Kant's conception of reason and understanding, the relation between these two faculties and the principles that govern them. I am chiefly interested in the contributions of reason and under- standing to the advancement of knowledge. Hence the focus of my paper, so far as reason itself is concerned, is the theoretical rather than the practical employment of this faculty. On the othe…Read more
  •  98
    Kant on the self as model of experience
    Kantian Review 9 1-29. 2005.
    Kant's correspondence includes a short letter from a well-wisher named Bertram. The content of the letter is as harmless as it is uninteresting: Bertram invites Kant to visit his brother's estate. ‘Do come,’ he says, ‘because the weather is so beautiful and such travel so beneficial’ . The interest of the letter is entirely exhausted by the date: 20 May 1775. For Kant used the letter to scribble down ideas, some suggestive of themes later to emerge in the first Critique. Similarity of handwritin…Read more
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    Kant on Sensibility and the Understanding in the 1770s
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 33 (4). 2003.
    The Duisburg Nachlaß is a bundle of Kant’s handwritten notes. These notes almost certainly go back to some time in 1775. Though very obscure, they replay issues in Kant’s early metaphysics just as clearly as they anticipate issues in the Critique of Pure Reason. This makes them an important way-station in Kant’s philosophical development—all the more important, because he published nothing in the 1770s and left no other extended writings in his own hand. A proper understanding of the Duisburg Na…Read more
  •  78
    Kant's Metaphysical Reflections in the Duisburg Nachlaß
    Kant-Studien 97 (1): 79-113. 2006.
    The purpose of what follows is to show that, in the 1775 collection of notes called the “Duisburg Nachlaß” , Kant adapted central ideas from his early metaphysics in order to clarify the role of the thinking subject as a necessary condition of empirical knowledge. I shall try to show how these adaptations were made, how they were philosophically significant, and how they can help us understand what Kant was trying to do in the mid-1770s. The DN was written up when some of his most far-reaching i…Read more
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    The purpose of this paper is to make sense of the immediate philosophical aftermath of Kant's Inaugural Dissertation. I will try to show what Kant himself took to be the problems left unsettled in the dissertation, and how he tried to deal with them. At the end of the paper, I will briefly sketch how he may have proceeded after the famous letter to Marcus Herz of 1772, and what path he would have had to take to recognize the need for a transcendental deduction
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    Intellectual appearances
    British Journal for the History of Philosophy 3 (2). 1995.
    No abstract
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    Kant on conic sections
    Canadian Journal of Philosophy 44 (5-6): 719-758. 2014.
    This paper tries to make sense of Kant's scattered remarks about conic sections to see what light they shed on his philosophy of mathematics. It proceeds by confronting his remarks with the source that seems to have informed his thinking about conic sections: the Conica of Apollonius. The paper raises questions about Kant's attitude towards mathematics and the way he understood the cognitive resources available to us to do mathematics
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    Music, Mechanics and “Mixed Mathematics”
    In Smith Justin & Fraenkel Carlos (eds.), The Rationalists, Springer/synthese. pp. 45--64. 2011.