The Monist 100 (3):357-372 (2017)

Chris Smeenk
University of Western Ontario
Yann Benétreau-Dupin
San Francisco State University
Traditional debates, such as those regarding whether the universe is finite in spatial or temporal extent, exemplified, according to Kant, the inherent tendency of pure reason to lead us astray. Although various aspects of Kant’s arguments fail to find a footing in modern cosmology, Kant’s objections to the search for a complete objective description of the cosmos are related to three intertwined issues that are still of central importance: the applicability of universal laws, the status of distinctively cosmological laws, and the explanatory sufficiency of laws. We will advocate a broadly Kantian position on these three issues as part of a critical response to a prevalent strain of Leibnizian rationalism in contemporary cosmology.
Keywords Philosophy of Cosmology  Laws of Nature  Kant
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DOI 10.1093/monist/onx015
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