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Immanence and the Vertigo of PhilosophyFrom Kant to Deleuze$
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Christian Kerslake

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748635900

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635900.001.0001

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Critique and the Ends of Reason

Critique and the Ends of Reason

(p.47) 1 Critique and the Ends of Reason
Immanence and the Vertigo of Philosophy

Christian Kerslake

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter explores Immanuel Kant's own systematic account of the critical project. It also demonstrates how Kant locates the implicit metacritical dimension of the critical project within a transcendental account of human culture. Kant understands that the deduction of freedom in the Groundwork is inadequate, thus precipitating the revision of the Critique of Pure Reason and the writing of the Critique of Practical Reason. There is one fundamental distinction in the Critique of Pure Reason, concerning thought and intuition. In the Critique of Practical Reason, Kant describes the ends of reason as interests of reason. The problems that have been determined in the account of the self-critique of reason can be decreased to equivocity of reason and unity of reason. Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling's ‘metaphysical empiricism’ involves acts of ‘psychic repetition’. It is noted that human history is to be examined from the perspective of the concept of ‘repetition’.

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, human culture, critical project, Critique of Practical Reason, reason, metaphysical empiricism, Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling, psychic repetition, repetition, human history

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