Kant and the Culture of Enlightenment
Katerina Deligiorgi interprets Kant's conception of enlightenment within the broader philosophical project of his critique of reason. Analyzing a broad range of Kant's works, including his Critique of Pure Reason, the Critique of Judgment, his lectures on anthropology and logic, as well as his shorter essays, she identifies the theoretical and practical commitments that show the achievement of rational autonomy as an ongoing project for the realization of a culture of enlightenment. Deligiorgi also considers Kant's ideas in relation to the work of Diderot, Rousseau, Mendelssohn, Reinhold, Hamann, Schiller, and Herder. The perspective opened by this historical dialogue challenges twentieth-century revisionist interpretations of the Enlightenment to show that the "culture of enlightenment" is not simply a fragment of our intellectual history but rather a live project.
- Hardback | 260 pages
- 167.64 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 453.59g
- 30 Sep 2005
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
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"Exactly how the nature and limits of enlightenment as a concept fit into Kant's ethics, political theory, and philosophy of history is a significant topic for Kant scholars. But beyond Kant scholarship the concept of enlightenment is a pervasive theme in postmodern scholarship as a misguided and much debunked social idea. Deligiorgi's interpretation is an excellent rebuttal of postmodern critiques of Kant's view of enlightenment, and she makes a very persuasive case that a proper interpretation of Kant's views has continuing relevance for understanding modern predicaments and concerns."
About Katerina Deligiorgi
Katerina Deligiorgi teaches philosophy at Anglia Polytechnic University in Cambridge, England.