Room: Solis 110 Prof. Eric Watkins
Times: T& Th 9:30-10:50 Office: H&SS 8018
Term: Spring Quarter 2007 Office tel: 822-0082
Office Hours: T 11:00-12:00 & by appointment E-mail:

Phil 106: Kant

This course aims to investigate the philosophy of Immanuel Kant by reading through his Prolegomena and Critique of Pure Reason. Basic knowledge of Hume's philosophy is a prerequisite and is also presupposed.

I. Reading Assignments (subject to adjustment)

T 4-3 Introduction
Th 4-5 class cancelled
T 4-10 Prolegomena, Preface, First Part
Th 4-12 Prolegomena, Second & Third Parts
T 4-17 Prolegomena, Solution, Appendix
Critique of Pure Reason
, A and B Prefaces (99-124)
Th 4-19 A and B Introductions (127-152)
T 4-24 Tr. Aesthetic (172-192)
Th 4-26 Intro to Tr. Logic, Met. Deduction, & sections 13-14 (193-226)
T 5-1 Transcendental Deduction (245-266)
Th 5-3 Transcendental Deduction-cont.
T 5-8 Schematism (267-283)  
Th 5-10

General Principle of Analogies & First Analogy (295-304)

Paper Topic #1
T 5-15 Second Analogy (304-316) [Two Reconstructions] First Paper due
Th 5-17 Third Analogy (316-321) [Two Reconstructions]
T 5-22 Refutation of Idealism (326-329)
Th 5-24 First Antinomy (459-475, 496-528) Paper Topic #2
T 5-29 Second Antinomy (476-483, 528-532)
Th 5-31 Third Antinomy (484-489, 532-546) [Two Reconstructions] Second Paper due
T 6-5 Third Antinomy-cont.  
Th 6-7 Conclusion  
W 6-13 Take-home Final Exam (due at 11:00am)  

II. Texts:

Kant, Immanuel Critique of Pure Reason, edited and translated by P. Guyer & A. Wood, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Kant, Immanuel Prolegomena, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 2002.

III. Requirements:

Short Homework Assignments (totaling 30%)

Short homework assignments will be posted on the web one week before they are due and are to be filled out in advance and turned in at the beginning of class. Late assignments will not be accepted. If you are unable to attend class, you may send the homework assignment via e-mail (in advance), but no more than once during the quarter.

Two Papers (4-5 pages) (15% each)

The papers are primarily expository in nature. They should identify the main claim(s) of the reading assignment and lay out clearly the structure and main premises of the argument(s) Kant develops for the claim(s). Late papers will not be accepted.

Final Exam (30%)

The Final Exam will be comprehensive and consist of a combination of short answer and longer essay questions. It will be a take-home exam, due on the day indicated above, and must be submitted to me via e-mail as an attachment (in Microsoft Word or rtf format).

Class Participation (10%)

Class Participation: This is not a large lecture course and the material is difficult, so class discussion is both possible and necessary.


IV. Miscellaneous:

The academic honor code will be strictly enforced in this class. Cheating will not be tolerated. Anyone caught cheating will receive an F for the course and will be subject to further disciplinary action.

If accommodations are needed for a disability or for religious reasons, please contact me as soon as possible.

The policies stated above are subject to change, at the instructor's discretion.