We will focus on key arguments in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. The main issues covered will be the nature of space and time; the theory of mental representation (i.e. the distinction between intuitions and concepts); analytic and synthetic judgments; the derivation of the categories and the justification of their application to objects of sensible perception; transcendental arguments; transcendental idealism; the objectivity and necessity of causal determination; the refutation of skepticism; self-knowledge and personal identity; the criticism of Leibnizean rationalism.
Course reading: Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason tr. Guyer and Wood Cambridge Unversity Press Cambridge University Press ISBN 0521657296 pb $28.00