Reading Kant’s Lectures by Robert R. Clewis

By Robert R. Clewis

This number of greater than twenty unique essays via well known Kant students covers a number of the facets of Kant's educating with regards to his released works. It addresses each zone of Kant's lecturing task, from metaphysics, good judgment, arithmetic, and physics to ethics, anthropology, theology, and pedagogy. examining Kant's Lectures indicates how the lectures shaped the backdrop of the improvement of the severe Philosophy.

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They stem from eleven different course-subjects, although most of the notes are from Kant’s lectures on anthropology, physical geography, logic, metaphysics, and moral philosophy, and they extend from 1762 (seven years after Kant began lecturing) all the way up until his last semester in the summer of 1796. A great many of the notes are copies and compilations of other notes, and thus are somewhat removed from the classroom, and with roughly half of the notes we have no idea of the original author’s identity.

Fischer discusses key elements of Kant’s philosophy of religion in his published works, focuses on Kant’s analysis of religion in Pölitz, and finally comments on the account of some central Christian themes found in the lecture. 33 In his first years as Privatdozent Kant offered a course on mathematics nearly every semester, but for some (apparently unknown) reason suddenly stopped teaching it after winter semester 1763/64. Jus- 33 Our only lecture notes from Kant’s mathematics lectures come from Herder; it is possible, however, that these notes stem from another professor’s lectures, not Kant’s (Naragon 2015k).

Riccardo Pozzo examines Kant’s usage of Latin in his classroom, exploring the evolution of the logic “text” from an interleaved handbook (durchschossenes Handbuch) to a student lecture transcription (Vorlesungsnachschrift), and relates Kant’s pedagogical activities and aims to the first Critique. Pozzo starts with some definitions pertaining to literary genres, passes through institutional requirements concerning scheduling and textbooks, and ends with Kant’s use of Latin in class, documented by the substantial number of Latin lines written by Kant in his interleaved copy of Meier’s Auszug, which derives from Kant’s practice of dictating in Latin during his repetitoria.

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