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The following books by Robert Paul Wolff are available on Amazon.com as e-books: KANT'S THEORY OF MENTAL ACTIVITY, THE AUTONOMY OF REASON, UNDERSTANDING MARX, UNDERSTANDING RAWLS, THE POVERTY OF LIBERALISM, A LIFE IN THE ACADEMY, MONEYBAGS MUST BE SO LUCKY, AN INTRODUCTION TO THE USE OF FORMAL METHODS IN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY.
Now Available: Volumes I, II, III, and IV of the Collected Published and Unpublished Papers.

NOW AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE: LECTURES ON KANT'S CRITIQUE OF PURE REASON. To view the lectures, go to YouTube and search for "Robert Paul Wolff Kant." There they will be.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

DOWN THE HOME STRETCH [ NO, NOT THE ELECTION]

Later today, I shall deliver and record the eighth in my series of lectures on the Critique of Pure Reason.  Today I get to the Analogies of  Experience, which is, in my judgment, the second most  important section of the Critique, yielding pride of place only to the Deduction.  This has been a very difficult lecture to prepare, despite the extra time afforded by my trip to Paris.  The lecture series concludes next Monday, the day before the election.  It occurred to me that there might actually be people more interested in watching the election results than in attending my last lecture.  

There is no accounting for tastes.  :)  

[I have added the emoticon because it seems some readers of this blog have a somewhat underdeveloped sense of humor, and find it difficult to tell when I am joking.]

4 comments:

David Auerbach said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/27/arts/design/look-whos-smiley-now-moma-acquires-original-emoji.html

TheDudeDiogenes said...

I, for one, Professor, would much prefer watching a lecture on Kant to anything having to do with the presidential election!

Michael Llenos said...

Nostradamus is known for his quatrains, and they say his predictions will start coming true in a grand way.  But is Herman Melville also a past foreteller?  In his entire career, Melville gives no quatrains for the future, but he does write one triad prediction (if you can call it that) in the first chapter of his book Moby-Dick called Chapter 1 Loomings.  Here is the triad:

Grand contested election for the presidency of the United States.
Whaling voyage by one Ishmael.
Bloody battle in Afghanistan.
--Moby-Dick (public domain)

The U.S. has never been in a war in Afghanistan until about 16 years ago.  But let's look at the very first sentence and how it can be interpreted:

"Grand (old party) contested (total blue party results challenged) for the presidency of the United States."

Historically, if this is how the end portion of 2016 will turn out, then Melville can be considered to be a true future telling seer. Of course, this is the only prediction that he has ever made. But it's not too bad a prediction. If it comes true...

s. wallerstein said...

the BBC on North Carolina (the newest purple state)

http://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2016-37827160