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Saturday, June 22, 2019

A PLEASANT DINNER

Brian Leiter and I dined at Brasserie Balzar yesterday evening.  We had a llvely time, swapping stories about the University of Chicago and people we know.  No heavy philosophical discourse, just a genial dinner of two philosophers separated by a generation but united by our contempt for the man who inhabits the White House.

8 comments:

Unknown said...

I have just started following your Kant lectures. I intend to finish it in 9 weeks. But not being a philosophy student, I find the way arguments are presented in Critique a little bit complicated or to put it in a better way sophisticated, but then I have only read The Republic and Meditations.
I wish you good health.

Sonic said...

Yeah, it sucks how Kant is so impenetrable for us commoners. Wolff is still the best entrance for it, but it's still really tough to understand compared to his other lectures on Marx and Freud, which I highly recommend.

I keep hearing philosophers all like, "moral relativism is dumb! It's been disproven by Kant!" But what good is it to prove objective morality if nobody can understand it? Seems like a really big failure.

Danny said...

Leiter’s online behavior.

Christopher J. Mulvaney, Ph.D. said...

From what I read, all you were missing at dinner is good music! I hope the rest of your time in Paris was equally enjoyable.

Oliver Blaylock said...

I love your Youtube videos! Especially the analysis of Kant's Critique of Pure Reason. I am not a philosophy student by any means but I enjoy learning and watching your videos. Thank you for taking the time to put them up.

jgkess@cfl.rr.com said...

I don't quite see why Leiter's blog is so polarizing. He makes good-sense, from all I can gather---not least because of his referrals to, "The Philosopher's Stone".

Colin Brown said...

Unknown and Sonic:

If you want a crystal-clear overview of Kant's 'Critique of Pure Reason,' I recommend Georges Dicker's 'Kant's Theory of Knowledge: An Analytical Introduction.' It's extremely clear but you do need to know basic (symbolic) logic.

If you want a clear guide to Kant's 'Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals,' I recommend Allen Wood and Dieter Schoenecker's 'Immanuel Kant's Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals: A Commentary.' I also recommend Allen Wood's 'Kant's Ethical Thought.'

Dean said...

OT, but Prof. Wolff first introduced me to Berle & Means's The Modern Corporation and Private Property, a copy of which sits on my desk begging to be read. Meanwhile, here's a bit about the latest symmposium devoted to it: http://legalhistoryblog.blogspot.com/2019/06/welles-on-berle-on-corporate-bar.html