Before Tomorrow

Before Tomorrow : Epigenesis and Rationality

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Is contemporary continental philosophy making a break with Kant? The structures of knowledge, taken for granted since Kant's Critique of Pure Reason, are now being called into question: the finitude of the subject, the phenomenal given, a priori synthesis. Relinquish the transcendental: such is the imperative of postcritical thinking in the 21st century.

Questions that we no longer thought it possible to ask now reemerge with renewed vigor: can Kant really maintain the difference between a priori and innate? Can he deduce, rather than impose, the categories, or justify the necessity of nature? Recent research into brain development aggravates these suspicions, which measure transcendental idealism against the thesis of a biological origin for cognitive processes.

In her important new book Catherine Malabou lays out Kant's response to his posterity. True to its subject, the book evolves as an epigenesis the differentiated growth of the embryo for, as those who know how to read critical philosophy affirm, this is the very life of the transcendental and contains the promise of its transformation.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 159 x 234 x 23mm | 496g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 0745691501
  • 9780745691503

About Catherine Malabou

Catherine Malabou is Professor of Philosophy at Kingston University London
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Table of contents

ContentsTranslator s Preface: Epigenesis of Her TextsForewordIntroductionChapter 1: Paragraph 27 of the Critique of Pure ReasonChapter 2: Caught Between Skeptical ReadingsChapter 3: The Difference Between Genesis and EpigenesisChapter 4: Kant s Minimal Preformationism Chapter 5: Germs, Races, SeedsChapter 6: The Neo-Skeptical Thesis and its EvolutionChapter 7: From Epigenesis to EpigeneticsChapter 8: From Code to BookChapter 9: Irreducible FoucaultChapter 10: Time in QuestionChapter 11: No AgreementChapter 12: The Dead-EndChapter 13: Towards an Epigenetic Paradigm of RationalityChapter 14: Can We Relinquish the Transcendental?ConclusionNotesBibliography
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