Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 January 2020
This paper examines the role of Kant’s theory of mathematical cognition in his phoronomy, his pure doctrine of motion. I argue that Kant’s account of how we can construct the composition of motion rests on the construction of extended intervals of space and time, and the representation of the identity of the part–whole relations the construction of these intervals allow. Furthermore, the construction of instantaneous velocities and their composition also rests on the representation of extended intervals of space and time, reflecting the general approach to instantaneous velocity in the eighteenth century.
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