Elizabeth Ann Robinson

PhD candidate in Philosophy, Boston University

Junior Visiting Fellow
(September 2011 – June 2012)

Project:

Speaking in Circles:
Metaphysics and Mathematics in Kant‘s Critique of Pure Reason

Throughout the Critique of Pure Reason and other works, Kant makes explicit comparisons between the methodology appropriate to mathematics and that appropriate to metaphysics. In his examination of the distinctions between mathematics and metaphysics, Kant reveals his views on the scope of and argumentation appropriate to metaphysics. My project seeks to understand the ways in which Kant’s views on mathematics can illuminate what methodologies he thinks are available for metaphysical study. Kant saw his work as both engaging with traditional metaphysical questions and redefining the field of possible metaphysical enquiry.