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 5

Transcendental Aesthetic – The Metaphysical Exposition of the Concept of Space (Continuted)   (Notes by RJ) Space Kant first argues how we come to know space(either a priori or a posteriori(empirically,  through experience)). Then, given the two sources that contribute to our knowledge(sensibility or understanding), he argues for the particular faculty by which we come to know it. The first two […]

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 […]