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Thinking Singularity With Immanuel Kant and Paul De Man: Aesthetics, Epistemology, History, and Politics

Marc Redfield

in Legacies of Paul de Man

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227600
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240951 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227600.003.0008
Thinking Singularity With Immanuel Kant and Paul De Man: Aesthetics, Epistemology, History, and Politics

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While emerging from Kant's analysis of aesthetics, this conceptuality entails a radical form of epistemology and, correlatively, a radical form of historicity. This conceptual and epistemological configuration, however also translates into a political concept of community or, as I shall call it here, “parliamentary”. The genealogy of the conceptuality and epistemology in question may itself be in part political, insofar as the actual practice of politics may have served, deliberately or not, as one of the models of this epistemology. For Kant's purposes, then, “a material vision” is the very opposite of the “phenomenalized, empirically manifest principle of cognition” that the aesthetic was supposed to provide; material vision is the Dantean hell that de Man invents for Kant as a parody of Kant's desire for “phenomenal cognition.”

Keywords: entails; historicity; epistemology; parody; phenomenalized

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Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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