Collapse Volume V, 453–500


A Throw of the Quantum Dice Will Never Overturn the Copernican Revolution


One of Kant’s seminal contributions to modern science is the injunction according to which the Copernican reflection on the spatiotemporal localisation of the subject of science has to be radicalised into an inquiry regarding its transcendental localisation. If the Copernican revolution allowed the development of a rigorous scientific astronomy delivered of the limits imposed by the contingent localisation of the earth, Kant’s critique opens up for the first time the possibility of performing a transcendental deanthropomorphisation of science. Instead of imposing juridical limits on science, such a transcendental self-consciousness should allow a progressive emancipation of the scientific comprehension of nature from the limitations imposed by the a priori structures of scientific knowledge (such as human physiology, categories of human understanding, scales accessible to human experience, technological possibilities, imaginary and ideological representations, limitations imposed by the anthropic principle, particular linguistic structures, sociological, political and economical preconditions of research, and so on)…