Our goal in this seminar will be to consider the work of, unquestionably, one of the most important modern philosophers: Immanuel Kant. The first hour will be devoted to a summary of the Critique of Pure Reason, and the method of transcendental argumentation that it deploys. In particular, we will be interested in Kant’s doctrine of the faculties - the various capacities of human thought and their interrelations. In the second hour, we will consider the shift from theoretical to practical reason brought about in the Critique of Practical Reason, before seeing how the third Critique, the Critique of the Power of Judgment, takes on major unresolved questions concerning the faculties left untouched in the first two books. While this class is designed to provide some of the basic conceptual background needed to understand Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition, it is open to anyone with an interest in Kant’s thought.
*The reading for this seminar will be Deleuze’s little book on Kant, Kant’s Critical Philosophy.
** A PDF version of the text can be accessed here