How Kant, Following Milton, Achieved Actual Experience


Location: McKenna Hall, Room 100–104

Sanford Budick; professor of English (emeritus); The Hebrew University, Jerusalem

Reflecting in his Opus Posthumum on Milton’s image of reciprocity in “the two great sexes [that] animate the world” of Paradise Lost, Kant glimpsed a unity of theoretical and practical (moral) reason that he had projected, but that had largely eluded him, since the first Critique. This lecture will demonstrate how poetry, working hand in hand with philosophy, can make possible a grasp of the real.

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

Sponsored by the Henkels Lecture Fund; Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts; College of Arts and Letters; Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Chair in the Humanities; Program of Liberal Studies; Department of Philosophy; Ph.D. in Literature Program; Department of English; and Disability Studies Forum