TEACHING

Course for Fall 2019: Philosophy 3230/German Studies 3590: Kant

                3230 syllabus

         Course description:

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) is one of the most highly regarded and influential of the modern European philosophers.  In this course we will focus on the Critique of Pure Reason (1781/1787), and the epistemological and metaphysical position that Kant develops in that work. More specifically, we will examine Kant’s transcendental idealism, his theory of mental representation, his demonstration of the applicability of a priori concepts to objects of experience (the “transcendental deduction”), the theory of causation and causal powers, his views on the limits of our knowledge, and his practical justification of belief that we are free and that God exists. We will also consider Kant’s perspective on the role of philosophy and its prospects for yielding knowledge, and how its methodology differs from that of the empirical sciences and from mathematics.

At Cornell University, I’ve taught these undergraduate courses:

Modern Philosophy
Kant
Philosophy of Mind
Religion and Reason
Free Will and Criminal Punishment (co-taught, sponsored by the Cornell Law School)

    and these graduate seminars:

Free Will and Moral Responsibility
Philosophy of Mind
Free Will and Moral Responsibility in Ancient Philosophy (co-taught with Rachana Kamtekar)