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Kant on history and scholarly/scientific oblivion in the Iron Cage

May 7th, 2016 · No Comments

http://nautil.us/issue/35/boundaries/this-philosopher-helped-ensure-there-was-no-nobel-for-relativity

The question of Bergson is less relevant than that of Kant, and in general the place of philosophy in the critique of scientism has been lost by scientists. Consider what I call Kant’s Challenge: scientists (in fact even Kantians have forgotten their own subject) can’t handle the subject of history. They just don’t get it and wouldn’t ever consider the challenge set by Kant. They would produce the same mess they made with calculus applied to economics.

Kant’s classic essay asked how to resolve the mystery of history: the two centuries since have produced the data to answer the question. But current scholarship is too far gone to response to such questions.

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