Kant and Enlightenment Recognition

Claire Colebrook

in Philosophy and Post-structuralist Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622276
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671663 | DOI:
Kant and Enlightenment Recognition

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This chapter discusses the philosophy of Kant. Kant's philosophy begins by asking how it is that reason goes beyond itself into unanswerable questions. The sciences have progressed steadily but reason has continually offered one groundless metaphysical theory after another. How is it that philosophy's questions have met with no answers and why does reason undertake the sort of questions that lead it so astray? The answer lies in reason's inherent capacity for misrecognition: those things that are in fact an outcome of reason's own striving — the idea of ground, absolute, supersensible, and so on — are mistakenly taken to be things that reason might intuit. Kant's Copernican turn begins with the recognition that the world is reason's own world. Any account of the world must be in terms of reason's way of seeing.

Keywords: transcendental subjectivity; anthropologism; anthromorphism; transcendental logic; enlightenment reason; anti-anthropologism

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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