Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces

Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces

Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces
The German edition
Author Immanuel Kant
Original title Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte
Country Germany
Language German
Published 1747
Media type Print

Thoughts on the True Estimation of Living Forces (German: Gedanken von der wahren Schätzung der lebendigen Kräfte) is Immanuel Kant's first published work. It was published in 1747 at the age of 22, and it reflected Kant's position as a metaphysical dualist at the time. In it he argues against the vis motrix ("moving force") view supported by Wolff and other post-Leibnizian German rationalists that proposed that bodies have no essential force, and claimed that, instead, the existence of an essential force can be proven by metaphysical arguments. Kant criticized Leibniz's followers for looking "no further than the senses teach," and stayed close to Leibniz's original vis activa ("active force") point of view.

References

  • Carpenter, Andrew N., "Review of The Philosophy of the Young Kant: The PrecriticalProject." Kantian Review 5: 147-153.