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PY4622   Kant's Critical Philosophy

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF Level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

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).

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PY1012

Anti-requisite(s): You cannot take this module if you take PY4811

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 2-hour lecture and 1 x 1-hour seminar.

Assessment pattern

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