Paul Redding on Kant

24 August 2006

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Immanuel Kant
Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant was one of the defining thinkers of the late 18th century and he affected the self-conception of modern individuals in countless ways. This lecture looks at three of them.

First, by reflecting upon the conditions under which we finite human beings can come to know the world, he changed our understanding of what knowledge itself is. Next, by reflecting upon what is involved in human action, he changed our concept of what it is to be moral. Finally, by reflecting on what is distinctive about aesthetic experience, he changed our idea of how we can be evolving, not just static, rational and moral subjects.

This lecture was presented by Associate Professor Paul Redding of the University of Sydney's Department of Philosophy.

The RIHSS Key Thinkers Public Lecture Series explores the lives and works of figures who have changed the way we think about and view our world. Presented by local scholars with a particular expertise in a relevant field of study, lectures will place their subjects within their individual social and intellectual contexts and summarise the central issues of their work.

Other upcoming lectures in the series:

30 August - Plato - Associate Professor Rick Benitez

6 September - Jesus - Reverend Dr. Ivan Head

13 September - Lynne Segal - Professor Raewyn Connell

20 September - Cornelius Castoriadis - Associate Professor Vrasidas Karalis

4 October - Walter Benjamin - Dr. Melissa Hardie

11 October - Norbert Elias - Associate Professor Robert Van Krieken

18 October - Karl Marx - Dr. John Buchanan