Engstrom, Lecture 13

Judgment and thinking are kissing cousins. -Professor Engstrom   Transcendental Deduction, Section 16-18 [Note: We only got through section 16] Before getting into the heart of the topic, Professor Engstrom made a few general comments, most of which were administrative in nature. One thing of importance that he noted is that Sections 18-22 of the […]

Engstrom, Lecture 9

Kant’s Logic The rules of the understanding fall under the general scheme of (Aristotelian) logic. Kant thinks of logic in the spirit of Aristotle, and his transcendental logic is similarly structured.  [See B169] The Analytic of Concepts Why is the fourth principle of the categories (completeness) so important? It is crucial for Transcendental Logic to […]

Engstrom, Lecture 3

Conclusion to the Introduction + Transcendental Aesthetic (Kant’s Conception of Knowledge) (Notes by Brandon) In his treatment of the contrast between synthetic and analytic knowledge, he offers the examples:      ‘This Stone is Warm’ [synthetic]      ‘This Stone is Extended’ [analytic] We touched on (1) the containment principle to differentiate analytic from synthetic knowledge, as well as (2) the principle […]

Engstrom, Lecture 2

Introduction – Kant’s Conception of Metaphysics + the ‘Copernican Revolution’ [B1-B10] (Note by RJ) Lecture 2: Is metaphysics possible as a science?(8/30/16) What are the general conditions under which knowledge is possible at all? Do the claims of speculative metaphysics meet these conditions? The answer to the first question, given in the analytic, is long […]

Engstrom, Lecture 1

Prefaces – The Problem of Metaphysics  (Notes provided by RJ) Lecture 1: Context for the CPR and Kant’s notion of Metaphysics(8/28/16) Kant’s five stages in the development of metaphysics Metaphysics as a natural disposition in common human reason Metaphysics is a natural disposition for humans. God, immortality, and freedom are the primary objects of interest […]

Some 3:AM Interviews of Note

Bob Hale, Frege and Necessary Beings [Interview at 3:AM] Paul Russell, Hume’s Irreligious Core [Interview at 3:AM] Karl Ameriks, Kant’s Historical Turn [Interview at 3:AM] Tim Lewens, Evolution, Bioethics and Human Nature [Interview at 3:AM] Dan Robinson, Keeping the Manifest Image in Mind [Interview at 3:AM] Mohan Matthen, On Perception, Aesthetics, Etc. Etc. [Interview at […]

7/23, Pre-Meeting Notes

Tomorrow we are set to conclude the Wood interview and discuss the Introduction and First Book of the Transcendental Dialectic from the Critique.  Structurally: Transcendental Dialectic Introduction I. Transcendental Illusion II. On pure reason as the seat of transcendental illusion a. On reason in general b. On the logical use of reason c. On the pure use […]