Before Tomorrow

Before Tomorrow : Epigenesis and Rationality

4.45 (11 ratings by Goodreads)
By (author)  , Translated by 

Free delivery worldwide

Available. Dispatched from the UK in 3 business days
When will my order arrive?


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.
show more

Out of ideas for the holidays?

Visit our Gift Guides and find our recommendations on what to get friends and family during the holiday season. Shop now .

Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 154 x 222 x 19mm | 364g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 074569151X
  • 9780745691510
  • 227,790

Table of contents

Translator s Preface: Epigenesis of Her Texts
Chapter 1: Paragraph 27 of the Critique of Pure Reason
Chapter 2: Caught Between Skeptical Readings
Chapter 3: The Difference Between Genesis and Epigenesis
Chapter 4: Kant s Minimal Preformationism
Chapter 5: Germs, Races, Seeds
Chapter 6: The Neo-Skeptical Thesis and its Evolution
Chapter 7: From Epigenesis to Epigenetics
Chapter 8: From Code to Book
Chapter 9: Irreducible Foucault
Chapter 10: Time in Question
Chapter 11: No Agreement
Chapter 12: The Dead-End
Chapter 13: Towards an Epigenetic Paradigm of Rationality
Chapter 14: Can We Relinquish the Transcendental?
show more

Review quote

"First the future of Hegel, now the future of Kant. And not just another Kant book, but an exploration that moves beyond Heidegger's temporalization of the transcendental, Meillassoux's critique of its contingency, and neurobiological hardwiring. Instead a new model of transcendental as an auto-transforming self-differential 'epigenesis' that Malabou finds nowhere else than in Kant himself! Another milestone in the unfolding philosophy of transformability and plasticity by Europe's most exciting philosopher."
John D. Caputo, [Professor of Religion Emeritus] Syracuse University, [Professor of Philosophy Emeritus] Villanova University

"In Before Tomorrow Catherine Malabou takes us into the very heart of contemporary debates relating to the Kantian legacy, speculative realism and the relation of philosophy to scientific discourse. In demonstrating that the transcendental and the biological can and must be thought together Malabou's thinking heralds a new epigenetic paradigm and shows that contemporary realism is far from being done with Kant."
Ian James, University of Cambridge

"Written with the crutchless clarity of one who knows what she is about, Malabou's new book is a stunning excavation of the process of epigenesis at the heart of Kant's conception of the transcendental. Refusing to join the ranks of those who would relinquish that speculative structure, Malabou mounts a convincing defense of it -- not by submitting it to a biologization, but by calling for a biology that would include speculative thinking. An extraordinary work of philosophy.
Joan Copjec, Brown University
show more

About Catherine Malabou

Catherine Malabou is Professor of Philosophy at Kingston University London
show more

Rating details

11 ratings
4.45 out of 5 stars
5 45% (5)
4 55% (6)
3 0% (0)
2 0% (0)
1 0% (0)
Book ratings by Goodreads
Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. We're featuring millions of their reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. Close X