The course aims at (1) a seminal discussion of the arguments of Porphiry’s Isagoges, of Aristotle’s Categoriae and of the Transcendental Analytic of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, (2) the individuation of ancient and modern sources, (3) the reconstruction of their immediate and (4) long-term impact.
Summary of the Course:
Categories. The course follows the approaches of the history of concepts and of the history of problems and considers the interpretation of a number of categories between Aristotle and Kant. It proposes issues that have animated the three books, which lie at the origin of logic, ontology, and epistemology. On top of the questions that concern the deductive aspects of Categoriae and its place in the history of Aristotle’s development, the course considers also Aristotle’s criticism of Plato and the impact set forth by Porphiry’s Isagoges. The second part of the course will deal with the nature of transcendental philosophy and with formal and epistemic applications of transcendental logic.
the final exam will consist of an oral discussion of the required texts and of an optional text, a written exam for the students that will have attended the course, papers are welcome, but not required. Students that have opted for the curriculum ex 509 will be examined on the first part of the course only, Porphiry and Aristotle, which will end Nov. 4, 2008
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