The Metaphysician Who Didn’t Know That He Was Dreaming: Kant and the Spirit-Seers
The chapter discusses Kant's Dreams of a Spirit-Seer. It defends the thesis that in this work Kant discusses not one, but three different versions of a ‘metaphysics of spirits’. All of them are mutually incompatible. I propose to weaken the impact of these problems by identifying a second target of Kant’s scorn in Dreams – a metaphysical position Kant could be sympathetic with as far as its
fundamental intentions are concerned, but that draws his ire because of an equally comprehensive failure in the realisation of these intentions. This target is Georg Friedrich Meier who published the second edition of his metaphysics in 1765, one year before the publication of Dreams.