What’s the matter with space?

25-03-2021 from 14:00 to 16:00
Henny Blomme (KU Leuven)

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Time: Mar 25, 2021 02:00 PM Paris


Speaker: Dr. Henny Blomme (KU Leuven, https://www.kuleuven.be/wieiswie/en/person/00105474)


Title: What’s the matter with space?


Abstract: In this talk, I present a systematic account of Newton’s, Leibniz’ and Kant’s conceptions of space, by investigating the way in which human cognizers can think about pseudo-objects. I will start from the Kantian standpoint, which I will adapt as I see fit. As is well known, Kant advanced the view following which Newton defended the transcendental reality of space , whereas Leibniz defended its empirical ideality. By claiming that space instead is both transcendentally ideal and empirically real, Kant at the same time opposed and reconciled Newton and Leibniz. Some reflections on the concepts of matter and form will bring me to the question whether we can meaningfully distinguish between formal and material aspects of space. Finally, I will use the results of these reflections to subsume Newton’s, Leibniz’ and Kant’s accounts of space under an overarching division of kinds of pseudo-objects.


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