24.201 Topics in the History of Philosophy: Kant

Fall 2005

Bust of Immanuel Kant by Emanuel Bardou.

Bust of Immanuel Kant by Emanuel Bardou (1798). (Photo courtesy of Underpuppy.)

Course Highlights

This course features an extensive list of both required and supplementary readings, detailed lecture notes and sample answers to assignments.

Course Description

In this course we shall study the Critique of Pure Reason with special focus on questions about idealism, about our ignorance of things in themselves, and about what, if anything, idealism has to do with this kind of ignorance. Along the way we shall consider Kant's distinctive account of space, matter, and force, all of which had a significant role to play in his own philosophy, and in the historical evolution of field theory. In the last part of the course we shall look at an alternative, and unorthodox, interpretation of Kant's distinction between phenomena and things in themselves (as argued for in my own book, Kantian Humility).
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Prof. Rae Langton

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session