Kant's Critical Philosophy
SCQF Level 10
Academic year(s): 2019-2020
SCOTCAT credits : 30
ECTS credits : 15
Level : SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students
The purpose of this module is twofold. First, it examines the foundations of Kant's critical philosophy, often called 'transcendental idealism'. For this purpose, we shall read selections from Kant's Prolegomena (1783). Secondly, it will explore one of the three 'Critiques' Kant wrote as examples of this system: either (i) The Critique of Pure Reason (1781/87, describing the 'Copernican Turn' in Metaphysics and Epistemology), (ii) the Critique of Practical Reason (1788, a further exploration of the ethical theory of categorical commands as familiar from the Groundwork) or (iii) the Critique of Judgement (1790, Kant's theory of art and aesthetic judgement).
Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1012
Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY4811
Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar.
As used by St Andrews: 3-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework = 50%
Re-assessment: 1 or more essays to a total of 7,000 words
Module coordinator: Dr M Walschots
Module teaching staff: Dr M Walschots