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Kant I (Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason)


PHGA 7106: Kant I (Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason)

Dr. Michael Baur, Collins Hall 128

Phone: (718) 817-3295, E-mail: mbaur@fordham.edu

Fall 2012, Thursdays 12:00 noon to 2 p.m., Collins Conference Room

 
Course Description

The aim of this course is to achieve an appreciation of, and some facility with, the problems and mode of philosophizing that dictate the arguments of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Accordingly, the course is organized along thematic lines that, while corresponding to specific passages and sections of the Critique, provide a route through the text as a whole. After an initial introduction to the structure and context of the work as a whole, the course will focus primarily on the positive doctrines of Kant’s critical or transcendental philosophy as presented in the Critique of Pure Reason.

 
Course Requirements

Each student is expected to read in advance those passages that form the basis of the respective class meetings. Each student is also required to submit a term paper (approximately 5,000 words in length), due during the last week of class.

 
Course Text

Copies of the new Cambridge translation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason (by Guyer and Wood) have been ordered and should be available at the University book store; however, you should feel free to use an older translation (e.g., the translation by Kemp Smith or Pluhar), if you wish.

 
Course Schedule

Aug. 30            Course Introduction: background, aim, structure, and arguments of the CPR

Sept. 6             Kant’s “Introduction” to the CPR (B1-30; Guyer/Wood, pp. 136-152),

and two “Prefaces” to the CPR (Ai-xxii, Bvii-xliv; Guyer/Wood, pp. 91-124)

Sept. 13            Space and Time in the Transcendental Aesthetic (B33-73; Guyer/Wood,

pp. 172-192)

Sept. 20            The Metaphysical Deduction (B91-116: Guyer/Wood, pp. 204-218)

Sept. 27            The Transcendental Deduction up to and including section 19 (B116-143;

Guyer/Wood, pp. 219-252)

Oct. 4               The Transcendental Deduction from section 20 to the end (B143-169;

Guyer/Wood, pp. 252-266

Oct. 11             The Schematism (B176-187; Guyer/Wood, pp. 271-277); and

The Axioms of Intuition: the principle of extensive magnitude (B187-207;

Guyer/Wood, pp. 278-289)

Oct. 18             The Anticipations of Perception: the principle of intensive magnitude (B207-218;

Guyer/Wood, pp. 290-295)

Oct. 25             The Analogies of Experience: the substantial, causal, and mutual relations among

intensive and extensive magnitudes (B218-265; Guyer/Wood, 295-321)

Nov. 1             The Analogies of Experience: the substantial, causal, and mutual relations among

intensive and extensive magnitudes (B218-265; Guyer/Wood, 295-321)

Nov. 8             The Refutation of Idealism (B274-279; Guyer/Wood, pp. 326-329)

Nov. 15            The Paralogisms of Pure Reason (B396-432; Guyer/Wood, pp. 409-458)

Nov. 22            Thanksgiving – no class

Nov. 29            The Antinomy of Pure Reason (B432-489; Guyer/Wood, pp. 459-495)

Dec. 6             The Antinomy of Pure Reason (B490-B595; Guyer/Wood, pp. 496-550)

Dec. 13             The Ideal of Pure Reason (B595-670; Guyer/Wood, pp. 551-589).  Term paper due


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