PHI 328 Kant

Kant is often billed as synthesizing the best of previous opposed philosophical traditions (rationalism and empiricism in epistemology, rationalism and sentimentalism in moral philosophy) and challenging their shared assumptions. This course is an examination of Kant's project. Topics considered include: the synthetic a prior, the ideality of space and time, Kant's response to Leibniz's conception of substance and Hume's skepticism about causality, his "refutation" of Cartesian skepticism, his explanation of the possibility of freedom, his defense of the "categorical imperative" as the fundamental principle of morality, and his defense of morality itself.




PHI 220 or consent of the instructor.