Week 12 - Freedom in the Third Antinomy

For our final week on the first Critique we discuss Kant’s Third Antinomy and various conceptions of freedom. In particular, we’ll see how Kant aims to secure the logical possibility that we are what he calls “transcendentally free.” We’ll also look at how this view is developed in the Critique of Practical Reason.

Readings

Questions

  • What is an “antinomy”?
  • What is the set of opposing views constituting the Third Antinomy?
  • How does Kant resolve the Third Antinomy?
  • What is practical freedom?
  • What is transcendental freedom?
  • Why does Kant think transcendental freedom is necessary for responsibility?