Notes on Introduction to Philosophy -- Phil A201
William Jamison - Instructor
Critique of Pure Reason - 1781
What our reason can and cannot achieve
Knowledge is possible because our minds play an active role, organizing and systematizing experience
Space, Time and Substance are creations of our reason without which we could not comprehend the world
The thing in itself is beyond our knowledge
Critique of Practical Reason - Ethics
Man is capable of following rational law but also liable to be swayed by non-rational desires of our physical nature
Moral action is a struggle suppressing all desires except reverence for moral law
Do your Duty for the sake of Duty
Critique of Judgment - Aesthetics
Harmony of understanding and imagination in contrast to the reasoning aspects of human nature
Explanation: Kant successfully answers Hume and shows one way there can be a synthetic a priori. The structure of reality is rational because it is imposed on reality by our minds.
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