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This is a group blog designed to facilitate the reading and appreciation of books of philosophy. Every week a certain portion of a book will be set. Each active participant will have a day in which to proffer a few paragraphs on their ideas. We encourage close reading, new interpretations based on rational debate, the use and citation of secondary sources and hostile material. After this the floor will be opened for general debate among people based on what has been posted.


The rules are simple, in so far as the following are forbidden:
  1. Talking about philosophy reading club
  2. Ad hominem
  3. Fe-fuelled rage
  4. Failure to properly read or examine the basic texts and reference them
  5. Ill-educated polemics

Ferrus and Sappho are local moderators and will ensure the thread stays on topic.


The following members are registered. If you don't partake for more than 3 rounds you are marked as inactive until you re-post.

Current esteemed members:
@Sappho (Philosoph Königin und Übersetzerin)
@Ferrus (Philosoph König)
@gator (may be inactive)

Current book:
Kant's Critique of Judgement.

Spoiler: Immanuel who?
Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

"There is no biography to Kant except the story of how to be a proper philosopher." - Otfried Höffe

Immanuel Kant was born as the fourth child of a humble upholsterer in Königsberg, Prussia, when the city was in its cultural heyday. His mother, open to her son receiving a good education, sent him off to be tutored in the classical languages at a young age, and at 16, he already began studying philosophy at Königsberg university. His major interests were natural philosophy and elementary mathematics.

After his father's death, and because young Kant's first philosophical work wasn't acknowledged by his lecturer, he interrupted his studies at 22 and became a travelling private tutor, a profession he should practise for eight years. The last of his engagements lead him to meet with Caroline von Keyserling, a Prussian countess whose step-sons he taught, and who introduced Kant into Königsberg's cultural and aristocratic high society. Their friendship, characterised by mutual veneration, should last through his lifetime.

In 1754 Kant returned to Königsberg - and to his studies (the lecturer who had rejected his original work had died in the meantime). The following year he published his first important work, Universal Natural History, and habilitated with another on metaphysical cognition; thus becoming a private lecturer at Königsberg university. He taught, amongst other subjects, Logic, Metaphysics, Physics, Mechanics, Geography, Anthropology, Paedagogy and Natural Law. His lectures were outrageously popular and many of his students went on to became great philosophers themselves.

His applications for the Königsberg chair of logic and metaphysics were initially rejected. In his early forties, he worked as a lower-rank librarian at the Royal Library - his first regular appointment. He passed up several offers of professorships at other universities, before at last, in 1770, he was granted that of logic and metaphyics, which he had been striving for all along. His three Critiques, amongst many other works, were published hereafter.

The commonest misconception of Kant as a person is that of a rigid, dry pedant. This could hardly be further from the truth. As a student he was a master card player and earned an extra income playing billiards. Galant and fashionable, he was a well-liked member of Königsberg society, whom he entertained "with excellant erudition and humorous anecdotes, which he would recount in a deadpan style and pepper with impressions". He encouraged his students not to brood over their books, and some of them even feared he wouldn't have enough time for his works, since his social engagements were so manifold. Kant's commonly famed punctuality was probably owed to his close friend Joseph Green, whose rigorous daily schedule demanded that Kant leave Green's house at seven o'clock sharp.

That said, Kant did revert to a more regular lifestyle later for health reasons. He went to bed at 10 o'clock and had his servant (a discharged soldier) wake him at quarter to six in the morning with the words "It is time!". He often invited friends for lunch, but avoided philosophical discussions.

Having spent almost his entire life in then-cosmopolitan Königsberg, he died thereat aged almost 80. His last words, reportedly, were: "Es ist gut" - meaning either "All is well" or "It is enough".

A more detailed timeline will be issued when everyone is ready and has prepped the necessary materials.

The two major translations are:
Werner S. Pluhar (more modern and accurate)
James Creed Meredith (old but in the public domain)

Audio Lectures

Helpful glossary of predominant terms - The Kant Lexicon

Spoiler: Timeline

Week 1
Introduction I-V
Read: Jan 10-16
Comment: Jan 17-18
(Debate can carry on after this, give everyone a chance to pose their thoughts however).

Week 2
Introduction VI-IX
Read: Jan 17-23
Comment: Jan 24-25

Week 3
Analytic of the Beautiful
Read: Jan 24-30
Comment: Jan 31-Feb 1

Week 4
Analytic of the Beautiful
Read: Jan 31-Feb 6
Comment Feb 7-8

Week 5
Analytic of the Beautiful
Read: Feb 7-13
Comment Feb 14-15

Week 6
Analytic of the Sublime
§§ 24-29
Read: Feb 14-20
Comment Feb 21-22

Week 7
Deduction of Aesthetic Judgements
Read: Feb 21-27
Comment Feb 28-Mar 1

Week 8
Deduction of Aesthetic Judgements
Read: Feb 28-Mar 6
Comment: Mar 7-8

Week 9
Deduction of Aesthetic Judgements.
Read: Mar 7-13
Comment: Mar 14-15

Week 10
Dialectic of the Aesthetic judgement
§§ 55-60
Read: Mar 14-20
Comment: Mar 21-22

Week 11
Critique and analytic of teleological judgement
§§ 61-68
Read: Mar 21-27
Comment: Mar 28-29

Week 12
Dialectic of teleological judgement
§§ 69-78
Read: Mar 28-Apr 3
Comment: Apr 4-5

Week 13
Methodology of the teleological judgement
§§ 79-86
Read: Apr 4-10
Comment: Apr 11-12

Week 14
Methodology of the teleological judgement
§§ 87-91
Read: Apr 11-17
Comment: Apr 17-18

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  1. By the way, I will be reading along in both German and English as well. If anyone wants a copy of the German PDF, PM me. As an official student, I was able to download it at the university for free.

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