Congratulations to Professor Nick Stang on his second term as a Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Metaphysics and Its History. In his ongoing project, Stang intends to broaden the scope of his work on Immanuel Kant and metaphysics from his first CRC term, which commenced in 2015. While his recent research brought Kant into dialogue with contemporary metaphysics in two areas, modality and ontology, Stang’s current efforts will seek to interrogate Kant’s critique of the possibility of metaphysics itself. This work will expand the longstanding debate around the essence of metaphysics, the area of philosophy that explores foundational questions about the nature of reality. In particular, Stang will draw on post-Kantian ideas, especially those advanced by G. W. F. Hegel, to help resolve the controversy. His current project can be divided into four stages:
- an articulation of Kant’s critique and an explanation of its relevance to contemporary metaphysics;
- an application of this critique to contemporary meta-metaphysics;
- an assessment of whether the Kantian “transcendental idealist” explanation of the possibility of metaphysics can succeed in the contemporary context;
- the development and assessment of a new position in meta-metaphysics that draws on post-Kantian idealism to answer the Kantian critique of traditional and contemporary metaphysics.
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