NEW Pathway – The Roots of Modern Thought: An unhurried reading of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason
Today we are quite certain that no philosopher can be right or hold definitive truths about the fundamental questions. This is “obvious” to us. But we haven’t always believed this. Why are we so sure about the philosophers and what they are capable of? And how can we be so sure, if most of us have spent little or no time actually encountering the writings of these philosophers?
What is the aim of a conversation (what learning experience should I expect)?
You don’t have to know anything “about” the subject of philosophy, let alone Kant’s philosophy to join this course and be rewarded by it. This is not a standard academic course, which emphasizes the “history of ideas” and historical background.
Our approach to the books will be conversational rather than lecture. Serious conversation allows discussants to meet the texts on the basis of discussants’ own questions – thus promoting a more active and intimate relationship to the material, not to mention a better understanding of it.
Conversation aims for reflective understanding based upon a sustained work with the text. The primary focus of this pathway is the building of reflective understanding based on direct engagement with the text, rather than amassing facts and historical data outside our reflections.
Starting Date: Monday, October 2nd
Day/Time: Mondays 1pm Central, 2 pm EST, 12 pm Mountain, 11 am Pacific.
Meeting Frequency: Weekly Meetings
Session length: 1.25 hour
Instructors: David Saussy
Pathway Duration: 2 quarters
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