Readings for June 13th

Posted: June 10, 2017 in Readings

On Tuesday we’ll take up our discussion of Diderot, who is both fascinating and hilarious. Just skim the beginning the “Supplement”. Read the other two more carefully. FYI, “D’Alembert’ Dream,” the longest and strangest of the three, is also the most risqué. Additionally, we will begin to discuss Kant, though I imagine we will only get to the first essay, which was written for the general public and is a mercifully easy read. We’ll probably have to wait till next Tuesday to hit the Critique of Judgement, which as a monumental landmark of philosophy, is significantly harder.

Denis Diderot
(1713 – 1784)
“Supplement to the Voyage of Bougainville” (1770)
“Letter on the Blind For the Use of Those Who See” (1749)
“D’Alembert’s Dream” (1769)

Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is the central figure in modern philosophy. He synthesized early modern rationalism and empiricism, set the terms for much of nineteenth and twentieth century philosophy, and continues to exercise a significant influence today in metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics, and other fields.

–Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

  1. Jordan Franchina says:

    The “Supplement” piece by Diderot isn’t available. Did you remove it from

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