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Instructor Info:Christoph Cox
Office Extension x5604
Term: 2013F
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
02:30 PM - 03:50 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2

Immanuel Kant revolutionized philosophy by arguing that human knowledge does not grasp the world as it really is, but only the world as it corresponds to categories and forms imposed on it by the human mind. Kant's successors pushed this idea further, moving toward the view that absolute reality is essentially ideal, mental, or spiritual. In this course, we will begin with an examination of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, proceed to some criticisms and extensions of Kant by Fichte and Schelling, and end by reading the most important parts of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. The focus will be on epistemological and metaphysical issues, though we will touch upon moral and aesthetic issues as well.