Immanuel Kant's Critique of Practical Reason

This course is the examination of one of Immanuel Kant’s magisterial works in Moral Philosophy, The Critique of Practical Reason. Specifically, we will do undertake a careful reading of Kant’s text in order to grasp the argument and assess its significance for current work in Ethics. The course ends with one of Kant’s famous political essay, “On Perpetual Peace.” Admission is open to graduate students.

Ident. FNDL 21809 / RLST 24304

Religion and Psychoanalysis

Freud postulated that many cultural activities with no apparent connection to sexuality, including religious practice and belief, have their origin in the sexual instincts. Sublimation, which describes the process by which the sexual instincts are diverted to nonsexual aims or objects, plays a crucial role in Freudian metapsychology.  And yet Freud never managed to articulate a coherent account of this process, and thus he failed to provide a concept of sublimation as such.

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