285 -- Kantian Perspectives on Concepts
office: HSS 8061
hours: Thurs 2-4pm & by appt.
email: ctolley [at] ucsd.edu
office: HSS 8018
hours: Mon 10-11:30am & by appt.
email: ewatkins [at] ucsd.edu
Location: Philosophy Seminar Room -- HSS 7th fl. [map]
|Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (Cambridge
Kant, Lectures on Logic (Cambridge edition)
Other readings will be made available electronically via WebCT.
be addressed include:
* the difference (if any) between concepts and: predicates, universals, properties, classes;
* the relation between concepts and intuitions;
* the relation between concepts and objects;
* the function of concepts in perception;
* concept-acquisition and concept-formation;
* the independence (if any) of the conceptual from the non-conceptual;
* the nature of the generality and determinability of a concept;
* the role of reference and inference in the articulation of conceptual content;
* the treatment of concepts in formal logic;
* the difference between ordinary (empirical) concepts (e.g., 'dog') and 'pure' concepts, such as categories ('substance', 'accident', 'reality') and logical concepts ('subject', 'predicate', 'affirmation').
We will approach these topics, first, by trying to reconstruct what Kant himself has to say about them, and then by comparing and contrasting Kant's own position with the views of more recent philosophers writing from a broadly 'Kantian' perspective, including: Frege, Cassirer, Sellars, Strawson, Hintikka, Parsons, Friedman, McDowell, Brandom, Cassam, Ginsborg, and Ameriks.
Kant in the Classroom
searchable html of Akademie Vols 1-23, including G.F. Meier's 1752 Auszug aus der Vernunftlehre, the textbook Kant used as the basis of his lectures on logic; maintained by the Institut für Kommunikationswissenschaften (IfK; formerly 'Institut für Kommunikationsforschung und Phonetik') at Universität Bonn
indispensable collection of biographical and bibliographical material relevant to the intepretation of Kant's lectures, maintained by Steve Naragon (Manchester College)