"Metaphysics and Perspectival Knowledge. A Kantian Tale”
In this paper I return to Kant’s Appendix to the Transcendental Dialectic and his view of ideas of reason to flesh out a notion of “perspectival knowledge” that I see as distinctively Kantian. I elucidate the role of ideas of reason as imaginary metaphysical standpoints that are nonetheless indispensably necessary for scientific knowledge. Finally I explain the current relevance of this Kantian notion for contemporary debates on realism and perspectivism in science.
Michela Massimi is Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Edinburgh, where she arrived in 2012. Information about her research can be found on her personal website: https://sites.google.com/site/philosophymassimi/