Kant’s Philosophy of Biology
Thu 9:00-11:00, S38, 7 George Square (*not week 5*), University of Edinburgh
Wed 11.00–12.30, Philosophy Board Room, University of Cambridge
The topic of the Kant Reading Group this term is Kant’s philosophy of biology. We’ll discuss Kant’s notion of the organism, the role and status of teleological principles in the study of nature, and the relationship of teleological considerations and mechanistic explanations. Readings will include passages from the Critique of Judgment and related sections from the Critique of Pure Reason.
I. The Critique of Teleological Judgment (Second Part of the Critique of Judgment):
|Week 1||Edinburgh: 22nd Jan 2015||Cambridge: 21st Jan 2015||Analytic of Teleological Judgment, §§61–63 (V 359–369)|
|Week 2||Edinburgh: 29th Jan 2015||Cambridge: 28th Jan 2015||Analytic of Teleological Judgment, §§64–68 (V 369–384)|
|Week 3||Edinburgh: 5th Feb 2015||Cambridge: 4th Feb 2015||Dialectic of Teleological Judgment, §§69–73 (V 385–395)|
|Week 4||Edinburgh: 12th Feb 2015||Cambridge: 11th February 2015||Dialectic of Teleological Judgment, §§74–76 (V 395–404)|
|Week 5||Edinburgh: 19th Feb 2015||Cambridge 18th February 2015||Dialectic of Teleological Judgment, §§75–78 (V 405–415)|
II. The Transcendental Dialectic (Second Part of the Critique of Pure Reason):
|Week 6||Edinburgh: 26th Feb 2015||Cambridge: 25th February 2015||Introduction to the Transcendental Dialectic (A293/B349-A309/B366)|
|Week 7||Edinburgh: 5th March 2015||Cambridge: 4th March 2015||Appendix to the Transcendental Dialectic (A642/B670-A668/B696)|
|Week 8||Edinburgh: 12th March 2015||Cambridge: 11th March 2015||Appendix to the Transcendental Dialectic (A669/B697-A704/B732)|
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