Kant (PHIL 423)

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Instructor: Alan Nelson. This course meets on Wednesdays from 1:00-3:30PM.

Catalog Description:  An intensive introduction to Kant’s accounts of space, time, concepts, perception, substance, causation, and the thinking self through a careful study of his masterwork, The Critique of Pure Reason.

A little more detail:  Kant is indisputably one of the most important–some would say THE most important- figure in the history of philosophy.  Our focus will be on his masterpiece, the Critique of Pure Reason. We’ll try to understand the structure of the work as a whole giving due weight to the sometimes neglected “Dialectic” and “Method”.  We’ll also spend some time on understanding Kant as a reaction to classical rationalism and empiricism and also on how the Critique of Pure Reason fits into Kant’s overall system of philosophy.

This course is open to advanced undergraduate philosophy majors, but it will be conducted at the graduate level.

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