Kant's Doctrine of Illusion

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Philosophy

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Kant's Doctrine of Illusion

Spring 2020

Taught By: Omri Boehm

Section: A

CRN: 6834

Credits: 4

Kant's Critique of Pure Reason culminates in his argument that human reason constantly deceives itself through necessary illusions. That argument That argument constitutes the heart of Kant’s attack on metaphysics, as well as the “ultimate proof” of Transcendental Idealism. The seminar evaluates Kant’s claim through a close reading of the Critique’s Dialectic. We will focus on Kant’s criticism of Descartes’ Cogito; on the Antinomies; and on Kant’s refutation of the ontological argument. We will study and evaluate Kant’s claim that the metaphysical-rational illusions result from the illusory characters of the Principle of Sufficient Reason, and confront Kant with possible rationalist attempts to defend that principle. We will conclude the seminar by evaluating Kant’s account of the beautiful and the sublime, and his understanding of illusion

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Philosophy (LPHI)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 12, 2020 (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: 1:11pm 4/5/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1008

Date Range: 1/22/2020 - 5/11/2020