The Problem of Metaphysics in Kant’s Critical Philosophy

Wednesday, 11 April 2012, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, IWM library

Fellows’ Seminar

The first part of this lecture presents what I take to be the standard outline scholars use to understand and talk about Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. In the second part I will present a revised outline that I think more accurately resembles the way the text was intended to be read. I will give some reasons to think that my reading solves some problems which the traditional one cannot, allows for a more holistic picture of the text and emphasizes some important themes which I think have been overlooked. In particular I will argue that the importance of Kant’s early modern inheritance and his reliance on mathematics as a paradigm science to understanding his interpretation of metaphysics.

Elizabeth Robinson is Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, Boston University, and currently Junior Visiting Fellow at the IWM.