Method, Science, and Mathematics:
Neo-Kantianism and Early Analytic Philosophy
Call for submissions
to a special issue of the Journal for the
History of Analytical Philosophy
A widely held
view is that the late nineteenth and early twentieth century’s revolutions in
logic, mathematics, and physics decisively overturned the Kantian theory of
knowledge and provided the most significant intellectual motivations for early
analytic philosophy. But neo-Kantian philosophers at the time defended
philosophical positions in response to early analytic philosophy and the
revolutionary developments that inspired it. Some neo-Kantians were partly
responsible for those developments in mathematics and physics, while others
took the developments on board and defended versions of Kantian philosophy that
were consistent with them.
focuses on the work and influence of Hermann von Helmholtz and Ernst Cassirer.
Helmholtz’s engagement with the analytic tradition turns on his thought
concerning the foundations of geometry, including his theory of measurement,
and the place of those views in his general theory of knowledge. Cassirer’s
views on the significance of the logic of relations, his response to Bertrand
Russell’s criticism of his very early philosophy of mathematics, and his
affinities with structuralist theories of mathematics such as Richard
Dedekind’s demonstrate his enduring engagement with questions central to
analytic philosophy. Authors may also take inspiration from the work of
Helmholtz and Cassirer to conceive of contemporary neo-Kantian projects,
especially in the philosophy of science and of mathematics, and in related
areas in epistemology. The proposed volume will emphasize the ongoing
intellectual exchange between the neo-Kantian and analytic traditions.
We intend to
publish selected papers in a special issue of the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy
(http://jhaponline.org/), an open access venue that aims to promote research in and provide a forum for discussion of
the history of analytic philosophy.
Papers should be submitted to Scott Edgar
(firstname.lastname@example.org) and Lydia Patton (email@example.com).
submission deadline (2500-4000 words): July 31, 2016
notification: October 15, 2016
submission due: December 31, 2016