This morning, I finished re-reading my book, Kant’s Theory of Mental Activity, as part of the preparation for my up-coming series of videotaped lectures on the Critique of Pure Reason. It has been a curious experience. I think this actually is the first time since I corrected the page proofs in 1962 that I have read the book straight through. I had two reactions. The first was, “Good grief, did I really say all that? I have forgotten so much of it!” The second was, “But where is my discussion of such-and-such? That is really important. I thought I had included it in the book. Did I maybe not think of it until after the book came out?”
It was all so long ago.
When I scheduled these lectures, I thought of them as a casual stroll down memory lane but I now realize that I have committed myself to a seriously challenging undertaking. This should be interesting.
By the way, I have concluded that there is no way that I can deal with the entire Critique in ten or twelve one hour and forty-five minute lectures, so I shall only lecture on the Aesthetic and Analytic this semester. If anyone at all shows up to the last lecture I will consider doing the Dialectic in the Spring.