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Interpretation after Kant

Karl Ameriks

in Kant's Elliptical Path

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693689
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745584 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199693689.003.0016
Interpretation after Kant

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This chapter extends the narrative of stages in post-Kantian philosophy by noting elements in Kant's own aesthetic theory that anticipate the growing contemporary rejuvenation of the post-Kantian conception of philosophy as a basically historical, interpretative, and broadly aesthetic enterprise. An especially useful model for understanding philosophy as an activity of this kind can be found in the third Critique's discussion of the role of the aesthetic genius as an ‘exemplar’. This passage is then linked to proposals by Rorty and Bloom that ‘strong’ writers show their genius by ‘misreading’ their great predecessors and creating new rules for future geniuses. It is proposed that late modern philosophy, which is neither pure science nor art, can be understood best in these terms, as a creative and progressive interpretative endeavor.

Keywords: interpretation; exemplar; genius; modernity; misreading; Rorty; Bloom

Chapter.  9367 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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