Class 13 - Kant Against Ontotheology


Today we’ll discuss Kant’s criticisms of traditional rational theology, including his famous argument that existence is not a predicate.

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Class 3 – The Fifth and Sixth Meditations


Today we’ll finish our discussion of the previous Meditations and look at the Fifth and Sixth Meditations. The key issues we’ll focus on are the conception of essence and the ontological argument in the Fifth Meditation and the real distinction argument, proof of the external world, and overall ...

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Class 1 - Scholasticism & Descartes’s Project


Today we look at the medieval scholastic background against which much of the philosophical work we’ll be examining is written. I’ll also introduce the basic aims of Descartes’s work the Meditations on First Philosophy, and we’ll discuss in some detail the argument of the First Meditation ...

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