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Undergraduate Course: Kant (PHIL10169)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will develop an understanding of Kant's critical philosophy, its place in the development of modern philosophy and some of the major questions it raises. In the course of the lectures we also aim to: (1) Develop an understanding of how to construct and critically assess arguments in philosophy. (2) Identify problems of consistency and justification.
Course description The work of the German Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant continues to have an extraordinary influence in philosophy. As well as its contributions to metaphysics, epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and moral philosophy, it offers one of the most significant and intricate reflections on the nature of philosophy itself.

This course provides an introduction to some of the central issues in Kant's philosophy. Its main objective is to engage the student in a critical and detailed analysis so as to gain a firm understanding of both the overall structure and the central theses of one of the most important works in the history of philosophy. It will highlight the role of Transcendental Philosophy in the wider context of Kant's philosophy as well as its importance for the further development of philosophy.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment (PHIL08016)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Participation 10%; Midterm essay 40%; final essay 50%.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate core skills in philosophy, including interpreting and critically engaging with philosophical texts, evaluating arguments and theories, and developing one's own ideas in response to the issues discussed.
  2. Acquire knowledge of the main interpretations of Kant's philosophy
  3. Analyze the strengths and weakness of transcendental idealism
  4. Acquire a sense of the place of Kant in the history of philosophy
Reading List
P. Guyer, Kant (Routledge, 2006)
R. Scruton Kant: A Very Short Introduction (Routledge, 2001)
A. Wood Kant (Blackwell, 2005)
On the Critique of Pure Reason
S. Gardner, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Kant and the Critique of Pure Reason (Routledge, 1999)
D. Burnham, Kant┐s Critique of Pure Reason (Edinburgh UP, 2007).
R. Langton Kantian Humility (OUP, 1998)
J. Van Cleve Problems from Kant (OUP, 1999)
Online reading
P. Guyer, ┐Immanuel Kant,┐ Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
M. Grier, Kant's Critique of Metaphysics, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy:
Glossary of Kant┐s technical terms:
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Course organiserDr Alix Cohen
Course secretaryMiss Ann-Marie Cowe
Tel: (0131 6)50 3961
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