Kant Trouble: The Obscurities of the Enlightened

Kant Trouble: The Obscurities of the Enlightened

by Diane Morgan
     
 

Kant Trouble offers a highly original and incisive reading of some of the lesser known aspects of Kantian thought.
Throughout Morgan challenges the widely held view of Kant as the exponent of concrete and rigid rationality and argues that his airtight 'architectonic' mode of reasoning overlooks certain topics which destabilise it. These include temporary

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Kant Trouble offers a highly original and incisive reading of some of the lesser known aspects of Kantian thought.
Throughout Morgan challenges the widely held view of Kant as the exponent of concrete and rigid rationality and argues that his airtight 'architectonic' mode of reasoning overlooks certain topics which destabilise it. These include temporary forms of architecture, such as landscape gardening; examples which undermine the autonomy of the Kantian subject, for example, freemasonry; and the concept of radical evil, all of which suggest that Kant's thought was capable of accommodating troubling and subversive themes. Morgan's compelling discussion arrives at a fresh and ground breaking perspective on Kant whereby he is no longer to be regarded as a concrete rationalist, but as a daring thinker, not afraid to entertain ideas highly threatening to his own system and to the humanistic legacy of the enlightenment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415183529
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
04/28/2000
Series:
Warwick Studies in European Philosophy Series
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
0.24(w) x 0.37(h) x 0.03(d)
Lexile:
1410L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Preface; List of Illustrations; Introduction; a. Freemasonry and the Unfinished Project; b. Landscape Gardening: the 'Folly of Flimsy Construction'; c. The Egyptians, those Obscure Beginners; d. Architecture: Monumentality and Mortality-the ruinous act of foundation; 1: Three Cases of Doubling; Egyptians Groping and the Duplicity of the 'Ka'; Kantorowicz: Kingly Duplicity; Kant: the Founding of the Sovereign and Regicide; General Implications; 2: The Architectonic in Kantian Philosophy I: Of an Uncertain Affinity; 3: The Architectonic in Kantian Philosophy II: Kant, Goethe and Benjamin; 4: Devilish Dissimulations in Human Nature: Radical Ethics and the Evil Abyss; Conclusion: The Revelation of the Impossibility of Revelation : Kant, Hamann, Hegel; Kant-Hamann-Hegel; Conclusion: Kant-Haman-Hegel

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