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Stony Brook Colloquy

Richard Kearney

in Debates in Continental Philosophy

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print August 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223176
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235155 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823223176.003.0019

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Stony Brook Colloquy

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It was evident in the book The Poetics of Modernity (1996) that the author treats philosophy and literature as a joint venture. In this same book, the author says that Søren Kierkegaard criticizes Immanuel Kant for segregating poetics and ethics. The author tries to conjugate the two and at some point he gives credit to Kant, in the Third Critique, for providing a very good pretext for this. One can only construct a universal out of a multiplication of singularities through imagination. The beauty of the power of imagination is that it can combine intelligence with the sensible, the mental with the physical, the general with the particular. That was its standard role from Aristotle, through Saint Thomas Aquinas down to Kant.

Keywords: The Poetics of Modernity; Søren Kierkegaard; Immanuel Kant; poetics; ethics; Third Critique; imagination

Chapter.  10331 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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