Kant on the Frontier

9780823275977: Hardback
Release Date: 1st May 2017

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Release Date: 1st May 2017

9780823275991: EPUB
Release Date: 1st May 2017

9780823276004: PDF
Release Date: 1st May 2017

Dimensions: 152.4 x 228.6

Number of Pages: 260

Series Lit Z

Fordham University Press

Kant on the Frontier

Philosophy, Politics, and the Ends of the Earth

This book examines the figure of the frontier (both bilateral border and open edge of civilization) both literally in Kant’s political writings, and figuratively in Critiques, developing via a reading of teleological judgment the concept of “interrupted teleology” as a reasoned but non-rationalistic response to rationalism.
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Frontier: the border between two countries; the limits of civilization; the bounds of established knowledge; a new field of activity. At a time when all borders, boundaries, margins, and limits are being—often violently—challenged, erased, or reinforced, we must rethink the concept of frontier itself. But is there even such a concept? Through an original and imaginative reading of Kant, Geoffrey Bennington casts doubt upon the conceptual coherence of borders.

The frontier is the very element of Kant’s thought yet the permanent frustration of his conceptuality. Bennington brings out the frontier’s complex, abyssal, fractal structure that leaves a residue of violence in every frontier and complicates Kant’s most rational arguments in the direction of cosmopolitanism and perpetual peace.

Neither a critique of Kant nor a return to Kant, this book proposes a new reflection on philosophical reading, for which thinking the frontier is both essential and a recurrent, fruitful, interruption.

Geoffrey Bennington is Asa G. Candler Professor of Modern French Thought at Emory University.

This is a magnificent, thrilling book. Bennington shows that the geopolitical vocabulary that pervades Kant’s critical system–frontiers, limits, borders boundaries, territories, battlefields–is not merely a analogy but rather the index of the essentially political nature of thought. His brilliant, gorgeous readings manage to negotiate the fragile boundary between Kant’s usually marginalized historical-political writings and the central problematic of the critical-transcendental project. The problems of philosophy cannot be cordoned off from the 'cosmopolitan' concerns of humanity. This is truly an achievement.

—Rebecca Comay
University of Toronto

Beyond meticulously describing the impasses around which Kant conducts what he sometimes calls his 'critical business,' Kant on the Frontier culminates in an analysis of the Critique of Teleological Judgment that is at once philologically exact and strikingly topical: here we encounter a thinker who, in seeking to erect impregnable borders, opens onto the 'abyss of judgment.

—Peter Fenves
Northwestern University