This module is about Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. Two general themes will be the nature of metaphysical knowledge and the relation between thought and experience. Specific topics will include space, objectivity, self-awareness, substance, causation, scepticism, freedom.
As Robert Pirsig writes in Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: ‘Kant is always superbly methodical, persistent, regular and meticulous as he scales that great snowy mountain of thought concerning what is in the mind and what is outside the mind. It is, for modern climbers, one of the highest peaks of all.’
Whereas Locke thought the world of physics was the objective world, in contrast with the world of colours, smells and tastes, Kant is trying to convince you that the world of physics is a mere appearance, concealing a reality of which we know little (but which we have reason to think contains us: free and responsible moral agents).
Timing and CATS
This module is running in the Spring term of the 2016/17 academic year, and is worth 20 or 30 CATS depending on your programme of study.