Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
by Oxford University
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A lecture series examining Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. This series looks at German Philosopher Immanuel Kant's seminal philosophical work 'The Critique of Pure Reason'. The lectures aim to outline and discuss some of the key philosophical issues raised in the book and to offer students and individuals thought provoking Kantian ideas surrounding metaphysics. Each lecture looks at particular questions raised in the work such as how do we know what we know and how do we find out about the world, dissects these questions with reference to Kant's work and discusses the broader philosophical implications. Anyone with an interest in Kant and philosophy will find these lectures thought provoking but accessible.
||CleanJust what is Kant's "project"?||Lecture 1/8. Both sense and reason are limited. Kant must identify the proper mission and domain of each, as well as the manner in which their separate functions come to be integrated in what is finally the inter-subjectively settled knowledge of science.||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe broader philosophical context||Lecture 2/8. The significant advances in physics in the 17th century stood in vivid contrast to the stagnation of traditional metaphysics, but why should metaphysics be conceived as a "science" in the first place? Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commerci||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpace, time and the "Analogies of Experiences"||Lecture 3/8. Kant's so-called "Copernican" revolution in metaphysics begins with the recognition of the observer's contribution to the observation. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow are a priori synthetic judgements possible?||Lecture 4/8. Kant claims that, "our sense representation is not a representation of things in themselves, but of the way in which they appear to us. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.or||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIdealisms and their refutations||Lecture 5/8. The very possibility of self-awareness (an "inner sense" with content) requires an awareness of an external world by way of "outer sense". Only through awareness of stable elements in the external world is self-consciousness possible. Creativ||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanConcepts, judgement and the Transcendental Deduction of the Categories||Lecture 6/8. Empiricists have no explanation for how we move from "mere forms of thought" to objective concepts. The conditions necessary for the knowledge of an object require a priori categories as the enabling conditions of all human understanding. Cre||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe "Self" and the Synthetic Unity of Apperception||Lecture 7/8. Kant argues that: "The synthetic unity of consciousness is... an objective condition of all knowledge. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe discipline of reason: The paralogisms and Antinomies of Pure Reason.||Lecture 8/8. Reason, properly disciplined, draws permissible inferences from the resulting concepts of the understanding. The outcome is knowledge. Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales; http://creativecommons.org||3/16/2011||Free||View in iTunes|
Robinson is fantastic as both a professor of Kant and a lecturer on Kant. It is obvious that he knows the material well and at times he gets very enthusiastic about the subject matter--a refreshing pick me up for the listener. He does well at historically situating ideas and philosophies. The first lecture is mostly expressing the influences on Kant from the Empiricists to the Rationalists. He gives concrete examples and makes Kant accessible to newcomers. Listening to these lectures is probably the best way to learn Kant outside of a University. It's accessible, free and a wonderful introduction to one of the greatest thinkers of all time.
Lectures helped awaken me from my dogmatic slumber
Excellent overview of Kant. I would highly recommend these lectures to any researcher interested in cognitive science, artificial intelligence, and/or philosophy of mind.
- Category: Philosophy
- Language: English
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