[SydPhil] Reminder: Jennifer Mensch, Penn State @ Wed 20 Aug 2014 15:30 - 17:00 (Seminars)

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Title: Jennifer Mensch, Penn State
Kant and the Problem of Form:  Theories of Animal Generation and a Theory  
of Mind.

There has long been scholarly attention paid to the many connections  
existing between Kant and the exact sciences. The landscape of Kant studies  
has, however, begun to noticeably change during the last decade, with many  
new pieces devoted to a consideration of Kant's relation to the life  
sciences of his day. It is in this vein that investigators have begun to  
discuss the importance of Kant's essays on race for the development of  
Anthropology as an emerging field. The bulk of the contributions to this  
recent trend, however, have focused on Kant's remarks on organic life in  
the Critique of Judgment, such that Kant's "theory of biology" is now seen  
to be firmly located in that text. Amidst such consolidation, there are a  
few pieces which have begun to address Kant's appeal to organic vocabulary  
within the context of his theory of cognition, though these too remain  
dominated by the interpretive template set by the third Critique. My own  
strategy in this talk will be different. Kant did indeed borrow from the  
life sciences for his model of the mind, but in a manner that would reject  
a naturalized account. His preference for epigenesis as a theory of organic  
generation needs to be carefully distinguished, therefore, from the use he  
would make of it when discussing a metaphysical portrait of reason.

Co-sponsored with the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science.
When: Wed 20 Aug 2014 15:30 - 17:00 Eastern Time - Melbourne, Sydney
Where: Muniment Room, Main Quad, University of Sydney
Calendar: Seminars
     * Dalia Nassar- creator

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