Frontier: the border between two countries; the limits of civilization; the bounds of established knowledge; a new field of activity. At a time when all borders, boundaries, margins, and limits are beingoften violentlychallenged, erased, or reinforced, we must rethink the concept of frontier itself. But is there even such a concept? Through an original and imaginative reading of Kant, Geoffrey Bennington casts doubt upon the conceptual coherence of borders.
The frontier is the very element of Kant’s thought yet the permanent frustration of his conceptuality. Bennington brings out the frontier’s complex, abyssal, fractal structure that leaves a residue of violence in every frontier and complicates Kant’s most rational arguments in the direction of cosmopolitanism and perpetual peace.
Neither a critique of Kant nor a return to Kant, this book proposes a new reflection on philosophical reading, for which thinking the frontier is both essential and a recurrent, fruitful, interruption.
About the Author
Geoffrey Bennington is Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University.
Table of Contents
Preface to the English Edition
Chapter I-The End of Nature
Chapter II-The Return of Nature
Chapter III -Rest in Peace
Interlude-The Guiding Thread (on Philosophical Reading)
Chapter IV-Radical Nature
Chapter V-The Abyss of Judgment
Appendix: On Transcendental Fiction (Grenze and Schranke)