The precritical use of the metaphor of epigenesis
Is part ofNew essays on the precritical Kant ; pp. 182-200.
If Kant has recourse to the metaphor of epigenesis throughout his career, we must distinguish between its use in paragraph 27 of the Transcendental Deduction, in which it is closely associated with the Copernican Revolution, and its precritical use, where it is employed to explain the origin for example of the pure representations of space and time. This is the case for instance in the Dissertation of 1770, although the term epigenesis does not appear as such. But the examination of the Reflexionen of this period and of other precritical works shows that he had this biological metaphor in mind.