PHIL 200 -- Pro-Seminar
Fall 2013

Professor:    Clinton Tolley
   office:   HSS 8018
   hours:   Mon, 12:30-2pm
   email:   ctolley [at]

Teaching Assistant:   ---
   office:   ---
   hours:   ---
   email:   ---


Time:        Weds 1:00pm--3:50pm
Location:  Department seminar room (H&SS) 7077 [map]

Required textbooks

Kant, Prolegomena (Cambridge UP)
Kant, Groundwork (Cambridge UP)
Kant, Critique of the Power of Judgment (Cambridge UP)

Course description

This year's pro-seminar will focus on learning and evaluating Kant's system of philosophy.  We will read and discuss (in this order) all of his /Prolegomena/ and his /Groundwork/, and large portions of his /Critique of the Power of Judgment/ -- as well as a few other brief selections.

The course will aim, first, to give a solid introduction to a still widely influential viewpoint on several core areas in philosophy (metaphysics, epistemology, semantics, ethics, action theory, aesthetics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, etc.); second, to give an example of what is involved in attempting to formulate a complete and consistent philosophical system; third, to give a firsthand sense for what it's like to do philosophy through the history of philosophy; and finally, to provide an opportunity to practice engaging regularly in public philosophical discussion, both in class and in writing.

Prerequisite: first-year graduate student in the Philosophy department.

Course requirements

* weekly writing assignments
* attendance
* participation

Schedule of readings

Weeks 1-3: Prolegomena
Weeks 4-6: Groundwork
Weeks 7-10: third Critique

Reference links

* Kant's Werke

Most of the official 'Akademie' edition of the original German (and, at times, Latin) versions of Kant's texts ('Kants gesammelte Schriften') has been made available in searchable html-format by the University of Bonn. [link]

These volumes of the Akademie edition can also be downloaded in pdf-format from the Bibliothèque nationale de France. (I've made a list here.)

An excellent resource for historical information about Kant's life and works is Kant in the Classroom, maintained by Steve Naragon (Manchester College).

* Secondary literature

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries (requires sign-in)

Kant (an overview of his life and thought)
Kantian ethics
Idea of autonomy in ethics
Idea of universalism in ethics
German idealism

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries

Kant's philosophical development
Kant's theory of mind and self-consciousness
Kant's philosophy of science
Kant's critique of metaphysics
Kant's moral philosophy
Kant's social and political philosophy
Kant's philosophy of religion

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