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PHIL 315
Kant's Critique of Pure Reason Fall 2020
Division II

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Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason is perhaps the most significant text in the history of philosophy. It puts an end to the Early Modern traditions of Rationalism and Empiricism, and it stands at the beginning of both the Analytic and Continental traditions in contemporary philosophy. Love it or hate it, you cannot ignore it. In this course, we will study the most important and influential chapters of the Critique with the help of some secondary literature.
The Class: Format: tutorial; This course will implement the tutorial format and be conducted remotely. Each week, students will watch a pre-recorded lecture given by the professor (asynchronously), and meet in pairs with the professor for roughly 75 minutes on Zoom (synchronously).
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 2545
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Each week, students will complete the assigned readings, watch a lecture by the professor, write an essay, and meet in pairs with the professor. Students will take turns as the leader one week, and the respondent the next. The week's leader will write a 6-page essay on the assigned reading, due 48 hours before the meeting. The week's respondent will write a 2- to 3-page essay on the leader's essay due at the time of the meeting. At the meetings, both students will present their essays and hold a discussion about the readings. Students will be evaluated cumulatively on their essays and contributions to discussion.
Prerequisites: PHIL 202
Enrollment Preferences: Philosophy majors
Distributions: Division II

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