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Scholar to Answer Hartwick Students’ Questions on Philosopher Kant

April 22, 2009

Author and philosophy scholar Georges Dicker will visit Hartwick College for a talk titled "Some Questions about Kant's Critique of Pure Reason" at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 24 2009. The event will be held in Room 201 of Johnstone Science Center on the Hartwick campus. It is free and open to the public.

Students in Associate Professor of Philosophy Stefanie Rocknak's class on Kant's masterpiece Critique of Pure Reason have studied Dicker's book Kant's Theory of Knowledge: An Analytical Introduction (Oxford, 2004) throughout the spring semester. In the course of their study, they have developed ten questions for the author about his interpretation of the seminal philosopher. His lecture will consist of in-depth answers to a handful of these questions.

In The Critique of Pure Reason, Kant tackles the question of how we can possibly have knowledge that does not rest on experience. The first half of the Critique advances a constructive theory of human cognition and defends the possibility of human knowledge against skeptical empiricism. While there exist many scholarly works discussing the Critique on an advanced level, Dicker's book is explicitly designed to be read alongside the text by first-time readers of Kant. Dicker makes Kant's views and arguments as accessible as possible without oversimplifying them, and synthesizes the views of contemporary scholars.

Dicker is professor of philosophy and director of the Center for Philosophic Exchange at SUNY Brockport. He is the author of Dewey's Theory of Knowing (1976), Perceptual Knowledge: An Analytical and Historical Study (1980), Descartes: An Analytical and Historical Introduction (1993), Hume's Epistemology and Metaphysics: An Introduction (1998), and numerous journal articles.

The event is sponsored by the Cognitive Science Program and Phi Sigma Tau, the Philosophy Honor Society. For further information, contact Rocknak at 607-431-4391 or

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