Before critical realism: Kantian empirical metaphysics

Autumn 2005

Agar traces the origins of critical realism and the foundation of empirical metaphysics in Enlightenment thought. In particular, this article explores the relationship of critical realism to the works of Kant on empirical metaphysics, and suggests the differences between the latter and analytical reasoning .Agar suggests criteria for ascribing causal laws to certain moments in scientific inquiry, particularly relating to Hume, Kant, and Bhaskar.

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