Week 11 – The Acosmism Problem (Guest: Nick Stang)

This week we will discuss a problem we’ve been dealing with only obliquely thus far, namely, whether commitment to an unrestricted application of the PSR results in a position according to which one has to deny the existence of finite beings. This is the so-called “acosmism problem”. We’ll look at a brief statement of it by Maimon, who coined the term “acosmism”, as well as Hegel’s critical discussion of the problem as it arises (or so Hegel contends) in Spinoza’s work.