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 more

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  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 9780745691541

About Catherine Malabou

Catherine Malabou is Professor of Philosophy at Kingston University Londonshow more

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Contents Translator's Preface: Epigenesis of Her Texts Foreword Introduction 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? Conclusion Notes Bibliographyshow more

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