Critique of Pure Reason

Join us for the fourth annual reading of Kant's pivotal text.

Newcomers are encouraged to join.  Reading the Critique with others is a great way to make it through the book for the first time.

As we started last year, we will be meeting for the book every other week to allow plenty of time for reading (and re-reading).

Following the Critique, we will also read Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Critique of Practical Reason, and Critique of (the Power of) Judgment

Week 1: 
Prefaces/Introduction/Transcendental Aesthetic - Avii to B73

Week 2: 
Transcendental Logic/Analytic of Concepts (Clue, Deduction) - A50/B74 to B169

Week 3: 
Analytic of Principles (Schematism, System of Pure Principles, Phenomena and Noumena, Amphiboly) - A130/B169-A292/B349

Week 4: 
Transcendental Illusion/Concepts of Pure Reason/Paralogisms of Pure Reason - A293/B349 to B432

Week 5: 
Antinomies of Pure Reason - A405/B433 to A567/B595

Week 6: 
Ideal of Pure Reason - A567/B595 to A704/B732

Week 7: 
Transcendental Doctrine of Method (Discipline, Canon, Architechtonic, History) - A707/B735 to A856/B884

Regarding the Book:

If you don't have the book already, this is my favorite English translation: 
http://www.amazon.com/Critique-Pure-Reason-Second-Edition/dp/0230013384/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1341694425&sr=8-2

There is also a newer translation available that is also very excellent and contains a lot of additional scholarly notes and marginalia (I do worry that some of these can be distracting for someone new to Kant, but if you have read the Critique before, I recommend this translation): 
http://www.amazon.com/By-Immanuel-Kant-Critique-Reason/dp/B008UB6ZNW/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1370956294&sr=8-12&keywords=Critique+of+Pure+Reason

If you are interested in all three of Kant's Critiques, there is a set of them all translated by the same person here: 
http://www.amazon.com/KantS-Three-Critiques-Critique-Practical/dp/0872206297/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1370956294&sr=8-9&keywords=Critique+of+Pure+Reason

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  • George

    In lieu of my absence tonight (and on Descartes Tuesdays, and on recent Plato Saturdays, not to mention my struggles to host Hegel), I offer the unifying brilliance, however secondary, of the great Bill Richardson, who here relates the biggest Idea-listic thinkers that our group has been discussing in an excerpt so concise that I don't mind imposing it here (and on the page for the upcoming 10th session on Hegel's "Science of Logic"):

    ""Since truth-as-non-concealment is what Heidegger understands by Being, it is easy to see in what sense he understands metaphysics as the perennial
    forgetfulness of Being.
    But if metaphysics begins with Plato, it reaches its term in the subject-ism of Descartes and the entire modern period. With the liberation of man unto himself that
    characterizes the epoch, Descartes seeks some fundamentum inconcussum veritatis, by
    which man himself may become the arbiter of his own truth.""

    2 · August 14

    • George

      (And to conclude with a shameless plug for Hegel and, well, metyaphysics...)
      ""What is said here of metaphysics may be said for the science of logic as well, for this formulates the rules of present-ative thought. Like metaphysics, logic, too, is chained to the conception of truth-as-conformity. In similar fashion, Heidegger interprets the traditional conception of humanism. Interpreting the essence of man as a rational animal, all traditional humanisms, he claims, either spring from a metaphysics or found one.""

      --From pp. 17-19 of the Introduction of Richardson's "Through Phenomenology to Thought."

      1 · August 14

    • Rick O.

      Nice (but I'm partial to his source) - only one criticism:
      "Culminated in Hegel, subject-ist metaphysics reaches its ultimate consummation in Nietzschean nihilism"

      I would claim should be:
      "The inherent nihilism of Plato reaches its ultimate consummation in Nietzsche."
      but perhaps I'm quibbling.

      "Reality has always been the long standing flight from Being." - or something like that...

      Is Philosophy dead? - No, only completed - there's a difference. Now is the time for thinking (hence the title of his book?)

      1 · August 14

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was really cool attending my first philosophy event. Loved the venue and conversation. Hope to see you guys again.

    1 · August 13

  • Joanna P.

    Hey! Be there soon! (I don't know if anyone reads this ten mins after it starts...)

    1 · August 13

  • Stephanie J.

    Once again my work schedule is going to make it impossible for me to make it, but I'm still reading and planning to come next time!

    August 13

    • Erik C.

      Hope to see you next time!

      August 13

  • Liz

    I can only find Critique of Practical Reason. Catch you guys on that discussion in a couple of weeks.

    1 · August 11

  • mariann

    Here's a PDF link of Guyer and Wood's translation (Erik's favorite). http://philosophy.ru/library/kant_eng/kant_critique_of_pure_reason_CUP1998.pdf

    I do think this would be the most helpful for us, because of the translators' frequent use of the word "cognition" in regards to a priori thought... instead of just conflating knowledge and cognition (even though Kant himself might not have been so clear)...

    1 · July 31

    • Erik C.

      I may still like Norman Kemp Smith's translation more, but that's due to style mainly. Guyer/Wood has some nice resources in it, but also repeats a lot of material.

      1 · July 31

    • mariann

      Woops! Misread which one was your preferred text! :P

      August 1

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