This volume of new essays explores Kant's views on the laws of nature.
Introduction; Part I. The Lawfulness of Nature:
1. Kant on the unity and diversity of laws Eric Watkins;
2. On universality, necessity, and law in general Karl Ameriks;
3. Imperfect knowledge of nature: Kant, Hume and laws of nature Paul Guyer; Part II. The Systematicity of Nature:
4. Why must we presuppose the systematicity of nature? Hannah Ginsborg;
5. Empirical scientific investigation and the ideas of reason Rachel Zuckert;
6. Kant's transcendental principle of purposiveness and the 'maxim of the lawfulness of empirical laws' Thomas Teufel; Part III. Nomic Necessity and the Metaphysics of Nature:
7. Kant's necessitation account of laws and the nature of natures James Messina;
8. Grounds, modality, and nomic necessity in the critical Kant Michela Massimi;
9. Kant on mathematical force laws Daniel Warren; Part IV. Laws in Physics:
10. Kant's conception of causal necessity and its legacy Michael Friedman;
11. Metaphysical foundations of neoclassical mechanics Marius Stan; Part V. Laws in Biology:
12. Laws in biology and unity of nature Angela Breitenbach;
13. The building forces of nature and Kant's teleology of the living Catherine Wilson.
Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. She has published widely on Kant and on the history and philosophy of science. Angela Breitenbach is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of King's College. Her research focuses on Kant, the philosophy of science, and aesthetics.