XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

The "Dreams of a Spirit Seer" and the Method of Hypotheses

Abraham Anderson

Edificio: Facoltà di Agraria
Sala: sala Locke
Data: 22 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 11 aprile 2010

Abstract

Kant’s "Dreams of a Spirit Seer" shows that Hume interrupted Kant’s dogmatic slumber by his challenge to Malebranche’s argument for occasionalism. Hume proposes that occasionalism is an extension of the popular belief in invisible intelligent agents grounded in the principle that there can be nothing without an intelligible cause. Kant’s "Dreams" explores the implications of this claim by considering this and other hypotheses about the relation between mind and body (those of Leibniz, Descartes, and Crusius) as akin to popular ‘spirit-seeing.’ He carries Hume’s suggestion further by considering spirit-seeing as akin to metaphysics, and indicating that it, like the latter, arises from the desire for intelligible causes.