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Undergraduate Course: Kant's Critical Philosophy (PHIL10157)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all 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: Mind, Matter and Language (PHIL08014) AND Knowledge and Reality (PHIL08017)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should have at least 3 Philosophy courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
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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:
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information One hour lecture and one hour tutorial per week
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Alix Cohen
Course secretaryMiss Samantha Bell
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602
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