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Kant's Mathematical World
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  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Expected online publication date: October 2021
  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online ISBN: 9781108555746
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108555746
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Kant's Mathematical World aims to transform our understanding of Kant's philosophy of mathematics and his account of the mathematical character of the world. Daniel Sutherland reconstructs Kant's project of explaining both mathematical cognition and our cognition of the world in terms of our most basic cognitive capacities. He situates Kant in a long mathematical tradition with roots in Euclid's Elements, and thereby recovers the very different way of thinking about mathematics which existed prior to its 'arithmetization' in the nineteenth century. He shows that Kant thought of mathematics as a science of magnitudes and their measurement, and all objects of experience as extensive magnitudes whose real properties have intensive magnitudes, thus tying mathematics directly to the world. His book will appeal to anyone interested in Kant's critical philosophy -- either his account of the world of experience, or his philosophy of mathematics, or how the two inform each other.

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‘Daniel Sutherland's Kant's Mathematical World is a remarkable scholarly achievement. The meticulously detailed analysis of Kant's theory of magnitude opens up into a comprehensive account of the mathematical character of experience, shedding new light on virtually every aspect of the first Critique and engaging with many of the liveliest current debates surrounding it. It is essential reading for scholars of Kant's theoretical philosophy.'

Emily Carson - McGill University

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