Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A GUIDE FOR THE PERPLEXED
OK. Tomorrow, I shall start an introduction to the Critique of Pure Reason. This will not be a proper tutorial. That would require vast amounts of time, and a commitment from all involved to read the text as we proceeded -- clearly not on. My goal will be to guide readers into this great and very difficult book. This is, for me, a real stroll down memory lane. I first studied the Critique seriously in the Spring of 1953. My God, that is almost exactly what Bertrand Russell said to me in the Fall of 1954 when I visited him for tea [see my Memoir, Volume One, Chapter Three.] He said he "had not studied Kant seriously since 1897." That was fifty-seven years earlier, and 1953 is fifty-eight years earlier than today. I guess I am getting really old. Oh well, here goes nothing.