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Course Info

  • Course Number / Code:
  • 24.201 (Fall 2005) 
  • Course Title:
  • Topics in the History of Philosophy: Kant 
  • Course Level:
  • Undergraduate 
  • Offered by :
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
    Massachusetts, United States  
  • Department:
  • Linguistics and Philosophy 
  • Course Instructor(s):
  • Prof. Rae Langton 
  • Course Introduction:

  • 24.201 Topics in the History of Philosophy: Kant

    Fall 2005

    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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