Kant and His Legacy (PHIL*3100) | College of Arts

Kant and His Legacy (PHIL*3100)

Code and section: PHIL*3100*01

Term: Winter 2021

Instructor: Ken Dorter


Brief course Synopsis:  An in-class study of two of Kant’s major works, Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics and Critique of Judgment, together with an outside reading assignment on his Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals.  

Presentation:  The class will meet synchronously MW 4:00-5:20 on Zoom in the hope that this will enable interaction and discussion. The Zoom sessions will be recorded and posted for those who can’t attend live.

Required texts: Kant, Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics, second edition (Hackett ISBN 978-0-87220-593-2); Kant, Critique of Judgment (Hackett ISBN 13:978-0-87220-025-8); Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (Hackett ISBN 13:978-0-87220-166-8).

Course require¬ments: a) A midterm exam on the Prolegomena to any Future Metaphysics (30%), b) a 2500 word essay on the Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals (30%), and c) a final exam on the Critique of Judgment (40%).

Course Outline


The University of Guelph resides on the land of the Between the Lakes Treaty No. 3, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. This land is part of the Dish with One Spoon, a covenant between Indigenous nations to live peaceably on the territories of the Great Lakes region. We recognize that today this gathering place is home to many First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and acknowledging them reminds us of our collective responsibility to the land where we learn, live and work.