I begin Kant’s Prolegomena in my Intro to Phil class today. Having students read the book is a stretch, but I rather like the way I excerpt it, and I think it provides a fitting capstone for the course (we also read Plato’s Theaetetus and Descartes Meditations) As you might guess, the Ariadne’s thread through this maze is the notion of knowledge. Today, we start Kant by talking about rationalism, empiricism and the antinomies, with emphasis on the antinomies.
I can’t read the Prolegomena without thinkng about a quip from my colleague, Roderick Long. “‘Prolegomena’ is Greek for ‘gateway drug'”.