Kant Trouble: Obscurities of the Enlightened by Diane Morgan

By Diane Morgan

All through Morgan demanding situations the generally held view of Kant because the exponent of concrete and inflexible rationality and argues that his hermetic 'architectonic' mode of reasoning overlooks yes issues which destabilise it. those comprise transitority kinds of structure, reminiscent of panorama gardening; examples which undermine the autonomy of the Kantian topic, for instance, freemasonry; and the concept that of radical evil, all of which recommend that Kant's inspiration used to be able to accommodating troubling and subversive topics. Morgan's compelling dialogue arrives at a clean and flooring breaking viewpoint on Kant wherein he's now not to be considered as a concrete rationalist, yet as a bold philosopher, no longer afraid to entertain rules hugely threatening to his personal method and to the humanistic legacy of the enlightenment.

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II. Series. 21-dc21 99-044820 ISBN 0-203-45169-4 Master e-book ISBN ISBN 0-203-75993-1 (Adobe eReader Format) ISBN 0-415-18352-9 (hbk) ISBN 0-415-18353-7 (pbk) TO MY PARENTS AND BROTHER, WITH LOVE Contents List of plates Preface Acknowledgements Introduction Freemasonry and the unfinished project Landscape gardening: the ‘folly’ of flimsy construction The Egyptians: those obscure beginners Architecture: monumentality and mortality—the ruinous act of foundation Notes 1 Three cases of doubling: Ka, Kant and Kantorowicz Egyptian groping and the duplicity of the ‘Ka’ Kantorowicz: kingly duplicity Kant: the founding of the sovereign and regicide Conclusion Notes 2 The architectonic in Kantian philosophy I: of an uncertain affinity Notes 3 The architectonic in Kantian philosophy II: Kant, Goethe, Benjamin: beautiful affinities and the architectural Notes 4 Devilish dissimulations in human nature: radical ethics and the evil abyss Notes Conclusion: the revelation of the impossibility of revelation: Kant, Hamann, Hegel Kant- -Hamann- -Hegel Conclusion: Kant-Hamann-Hegel Notes Bibliography Index Plates I ‘La colonne détruite’ in Le Désert de Retz: perspectival view of column.

This reference to ‘mystery’ does not necessarily imply a sudden influx of the ‘mystical’ into the Kantian system, although this is a permanent danger. The ‘mysterious’ in German would be translated geheimnisvoll, ‘secretive’, not mystisch, ‘mystical’. 17 The recognition of a secret and a mystery implies respect for the symbol, an analogical, indirect way of representing what is inaccessible for human understanding. The mystical does not; it presumes to be able to schematise the supersensual: ‘the mysticism of practical reason, which makes into a schema which should serve only as a symbol’ (Kant 1988d:190; 1956:73).

20 I will give the reasons for focusing on these themes now to avoid encumbering the detailed analyses of Kant within the chapters themselves. Freemasonry and the unfinished project Freemasonry was highly influential in the eighteenth century. 21 The goals of the Enlightenment period—freedom of expression, self-development through education, equality—are also those of Freemasonry. 22 The Masonic belief in progress is, however, not a faith in an ever-improving world, in an ever-greater accumulation of knowledge.

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