Monthly Archives: December 2010

BOOK 1, CHAPTERS 7-8

Skipping the rest of Book 1, Chapter 6. I am not interested too much in Aristotle’s polemics against the Platonists. At least not now. Especially since I do not yet understand Plato very well. BOOK 1, CHAPTER 7 What is … Continue reading

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CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON, INTRODUCTION

I am only glossing the B version of the introduction–that is, the version of the introduction written by Kant for the second edition of the Critique. While I am sure the scholarship on the differences between the A and B … Continue reading

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CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON, WRAPPING UP SECOND PREFACE

I am skipping most of the details Kant’s discussion in the last ten pages of the Second Preface on the relationship between his Critique of Pure Reason and the content between his second, slimmer Critique: the Critique of Practical Reason. … Continue reading

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CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON, FIRST PART OF PREFACE 2

A note on the prefaces.  There are two prefaces because there are two editions to the book.  The first preface corresponds to the first edition, the second preface the second. 1. What constantly finds itself in dispute, what does not … Continue reading

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CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON, PREFACE 1

Gloss on preface 1. 1. Human reason yearns to answer questions it cannot ignore, yet are beyond its capabilities to resolve.  It contains within its own body the thorns of its torment. 2. To come to grips with these questions, … Continue reading

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NICOMACHEAN ETHICS, BOOK 1, CHAPTERS 5-6

BOOK 1, CHAPTER 5 According to Aristotle, there are three types of lives.  The life of the many, the political life, and the contemplative life.  The life of the many (polloi) identifies happiness with pleasure; this life is neither free, … Continue reading

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NICOMACHEAN ETHICS, BOOK 1, CHAPTERS 1-4

BOOK 1, CHAPTER 1 The good is that at which all things, every art and every inquiry, aim.  Some ends are activities, and some are products of activities.  When the ends are products, they are better by nature than the … Continue reading

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