Week 1 – Kant's Critical Project

This week we look at the basic structure of Kant’s critical project, the issue of “synthetic a priori” judgment, Kant’s conception of a “Copernican revolution” that bases metaphysics on the nature of the faculties of the mind, and his view of the limits of rational inquiry.



  • What is the difference between an analytic and a synthetic judgment?
  • What is the difference between a priori and a posteriori judgment?
  • What is “cognition”?
  • What problem does Kant think metaphysics faces?
  • What is a “science” (Wissenschaft) in Kant’s sense?
  • What are the limits of metaphysics?
  • Why does metaphysics tend to overstep these limits?