Emilie Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Kant

How close is Du Châtelet to the philosophy of Leibniz or the ideas of Wolff, and how near is Kant to the ideas of Du Châtelet

According to Eberhard, Kant had deduced his principles and basic concepts of transcendental criticism from Leibniz and Wolff. In the relevant place Eberhard substantiates his assertion with a reference to the Institutions physiques (1742), by the philosopher Du Châtelet.

This project investigates that topic in two regards. First it analyses the function of Du Châtelet’s quote in the context of Eberhard’s argument against Kant, that there is nothing “new” about his transcendental turn. The second part of the paper discusses the questions arising from this:  How close are Kant’s arguments in favour of a “new” philosophy to those of Du Châtelet? Is Du Châtelet a hidden source for Kant’s achievement?

More coming soon: Ruth E Hagengruber: Époque Émilienne. Philosophy and Science in the Age of Émilie Du Châtelet 1706-1749. Springer Cham.

 

  • BBC World Forum A free-spirited physicist: Émilie Du Châtelet 1706-1749
    Émilie Du Châtelet on BBC World

    Judith Zinsser
    David Bodanis
    Ruth Hagengruber

  • Video (2018) Émilie Du Châtelet and the Eberhard Controversy

    Johann August Eberhard was convinced that “the Leibnizian philosophy contains just as much of a critique of reason as the new philosophy”. According to Eberhard, Kant had deduced his principles and basic concepts of transcendental criticism from Leibniz and Wolff. In the relevant place – the third part of his explanations On the Essential Distinction between Knowledge through the Senses and the Understanding – Eberhard substantiates his assertion with a reference to the Institutions physiques (1742), by the philosopher Du Châtelet.

    In 2018 during the Libori Summer School, we investigated that topic. What is the function of Du Châtelet’s quote in the context of Eberhard’s argument against Kant?   How close are Kant’s arguments in favour of a “new” philosophy to those of Du Châtelet?

    See the Video LSS 2018 Émilie Du Châtelet 1706-1749 

  • Époque Émilienne. Philosophy and Science in the Age of Emilie Du Châtelet 1706-1749 (coming soon)

    Époque Émilienne
    Philosophy and Science
    in the Age of Émilie Du Châtelet (1706-1749).

    Editor: Ruth Edith Hagengruber

    Ruth E Hagengruber: The Hidden Source. Emilie Du Châtelet and the Transcendental Turn.

    Katherine Dunlop: The Significance of Du Châtelet’s Proof of the Parallelogram of Forces

    Clara Carus: Du Châtelet’s Contribution to the Concept of Time. History of Philosophy between Leibniz and Kant

    Andrea Reichenberger: The Reception of Émilie Du Châtelet in the German Enlightenment in the Light of the Controversy over Monads

    Hanns-Peter Neumann: Émilie du Châtelet in the Correspondence between Christian Wolff and Ernst Christoph of Manteuffel

    Gianni Paganini: Émilie Du Châtelet’s Epistemology of Hypotheses.

    Dieter Suisky: Émilie Du Châtelet’s Institutions physiques Considered as a Philosophy of Science-Based on the History of Science

    Hartmut Hecht: Three French Newtonians and their Leibniz Background

    Ansgar Lyssi: Leibnizian Causes in a Newtonian World – Émilie Du Châtelet on Causation

    Fritz Nagel: “Les corps agissent sur la lumière.” Émilie Du Châtelet’s Deliberations on the Nature of Light in her Essai sur l’optique.

    Michel Toulmonde: Émilie Du Châtelet and Newton’s Principia

     George E. Smith with the assistance of Jeanne-Marie Musca: Du Châtelet’s Commentary on Newton’s Principia: An Assessment

    Sarah Hutton: Émilie Du Chatelet and Italy. The Italian translation of her Institutions physiques and the issue of forces vives.

    Romana Bassi: Du Châtelet in Italy: Who was behind Du Châtelet’s Italian Translation?

    Gabor Boros: Scientia Sexualis: Voltaire, La Mettrie and Émilie Du Châtelet on Love

    Waltraud Ernst: Natural Pleasure: Pierre-Louis Moreau de Maupertuis’s Contribution to a Materialist Conception of the Erotic

    Anne Thomson: Émilie Du Châtelet and La Mettrie

    Christophe Martin: From one marquise to another. Mme Du Châtelet and Fontenelle’s Conversations on the Plurality of Worlds.’

    Keiko Kawashima: “Anonymity and Ambition”: Émilie Du Châtelet’s Dissertation du feu (1744)

    Andreas Blank: Self-Deception and Illusions of Esteem: Contextualizing Châtelet’s Challenge

    Alexsandra Gieralt: The Influence of Epicurean thought on Mme Du Châtelet’s Discours sur le Bonheur

     Maria Susana Seguin: Madame Du Châtelet, clandestine philosopher.

    Bertram Schwarzbach: Mme Du Châtelet, a heterodox philosopher reads the Bible

    Natalia Speranskaja: Émilie Du Châtelet’s manuscripts preserved at the  National Library of Russia

    Ronald Smelzer: Printing Du Châtelet’s Institutions de Physique: The Variant Texts

    Ruth E Hagengruber 2021 Époque Émilienne. Springer, Cham. Forthcoming.

  • Activities: Libori Summer School (2018)
  • Émilie Du Châtelet und die deutsche Aufklärung (2019)

    Hagengruber Hecht (Hrs): Emilie Du Châtelet und die deutsche Aufklärung, Springer VS Wiesbaden 2019.

    Hagengruber-Hecht

    Hagengruber RE: Émilie Du Châtelet zwischen Leibniz und Kant. Die Eberhard Kant Kontroverse, in: Hagengruber Hecht (ed.)Emilie Du Châtelet und die deutsche Aufklärung, 173-195.

    2019 Hagengruber Du Châtelet between Leibniz and Kant

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