An Introduction to Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason

Challenge high schoolers with Immanuel Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, one of the most prominent — and complex— works of philosophy ever written. High schoolers view a short video that describes the difference between phenomena and noumena, as well as the ways empirical evidence can actually limit one's true understanding.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Flip the classroom; assign the video for homework and discuss learners' observations and questions in class the next day
  • Use in a philosophy class or when discussing German philosophers in a world history class
Classroom Considerations

  • Comment section is open to the public
  • The full analysis of Kant's text is available at the publisher's website with a free trial or paid subscription
Pros

  • Uses the image of an apple to demonstrate Kant's main points
  • Short length makes it versatile for classroom use
Cons

  • None