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dc.contributor.authorDiehl, Catharine Elizabethen_US
dc.contributor.otherComparative Literature Departmenten_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-03-29T18:03:27Z-
dc.date.available2012-03-29T18:03:27Z-
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01ww72bb53m-
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation demonstrates the fundamental importance of the problem of intensive magnitudes for Leibniz and Kant. While their work has generated an immense scholarly literature, the systematic role of the concept of intensive magnitude has been neglected. I argue that attending to the problem of degree-valued properties reveals new connections among Leibniz's and Kant's metaphysical, epistemological, and aesthetic concerns. I show that they struggle to provide a unified theory of degree-valued properties, drawing on many aspects of their theoretical and practical philosophies. The problem of intensive magnitudes provides a new perspective on the relationship between Leibniz and Kant that reduces it neither to simple continuity nor to discontinuity. In addition, tracing the development of theories of intensive magnitudes shows that standard accounts of the rise of aesthetics in the eighteenth century miss the links between questions of taste and feeling and broader epistemological and metaphysical concerns; these accounts thus fail to appreciate the specific importance of eighteenth-century aesthetic theory for philosophy as a whole. In an introductory chapter, I show that Leibniz's theory of intensive magnitudes draws on two distinct sources: the discussion of the <italic>je ne sais quoi</italic> in the seventeenth century and the long tradition of reflection concerning the problem of the intensification and remission of forms. The first chapter argues that Leibniz provides a new account of the individuation of substances on the basis of their intensive magnitudes. In the second I turn to a consideration of Leibniz's law of continuity--the principle that nature never makes leaps--and demonstrate the way in which this principle grounds Leibniz's theory of petites perceptions and the je ne sais quoi. Chapter 3 reconstructs Kant's argument in the Critique of Pure Reason for the a priori principle that the &ldquo;real&rdquo; corresponding to sensation has an intensive magnitude. The concluding chapter considers whether representations contained in a single instant are simple and argues that, according to Kant's account in the Analytic of the Sublime, the instant is not a constituent of objective cognition but arises from the feeling of limitation.en_US
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dc.publisherPrinceton, NJ : Princeton Universityen_US
dc.relation.isformatofThe Mudd Manuscript Library retains one bound copy of each dissertation. Search for these copies in the <a href=http://catalog.princeton.edu> library's main catalog </a>en_US
dc.subjectIntensive Magnitudesen_US
dc.subjectKanten_US
dc.subjectLeibnizen_US
dc.subject.classificationComparative literatureen_US
dc.subject.classificationPhilosophyen_US
dc.subject.classificationAestheticsen_US
dc.titleThe Theory of Intensive Magnitudes in Leibniz and Kanten_US
pu.projectgrantnumber690-2143en_US
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