Kant's Doctrine of Illusion

New School for Social Research: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Kant's Doctrine of Illusion

Fall 2019

Taught By: Omri Boehm

Section: A

CRN: 7008

Credits: 3

In the very first sentences of the Critique of Pure Reason, Kant claims that human reason’s fate is tragic. It is “burdened,” he writes, by questions that it cannot “ignore," and yet which it “cannot answer.” His analysis of Reason’s tragedy — in fact, his argument in the Critique of Pure Reason as a whole — culminates in the argument that Reason necessarily entangles itself in “transcendental illusions”. These illusions produce our idea of the world, of the soul and of God. The seminar evaluates Kant’s claim by a close reading of the first Critique’s Dialectic. Special focus will be put on Kant’s critique of Descartes’ Cogito; on the antinomies (and the idea of the world); and on Kant’s refutation of the proofs of God’s, including Spinoza’s God, i.e. Nature, or the causa sui. Alongside the evaluation of Kant’s arguments in these texts, we will touch also their relation to his account of enlightenment; specifically his understanding of thinking and faith (as opposed to knowledge); freedom and revolution.

College: New School for Social Research (GF)

Department: Philosophy (GPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Add/Drop Deadline: September 9, 2019 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 17, 2019 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 6:45am 12/7/2019 EST

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday

Times: 4:00pm - 5:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 908

Date Range: 8/26/2019 - 12/16/2019