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Cognition and Eros: A Critique of the Kantian Paradigm Paperback – March 1, 1993

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  • Paperback: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Pennsylvania State Univ Pr (Txt) (March 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271009365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271009360
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,968,678 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Schott’s book stands as a good introduction to sexism in Western thought.”

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Robin May Schott is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Louisville.

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This studied scholarly work puts some demands on the cerebral capacity of the reader. Robin May Schott accounts for the way in which female nature and the sensuous aspect of reality have been diabolized in historical culture and in the history of religion. It is quite interesting and gave me some new insights. Schott says that Immanuel Kant wants to achieve a knowledge that is "pure", untainted by the sensual and the bodily, something which Schott argues leads to a "fetishism of objectivity". Kant's fixation on the term "Pure" is evident from his writings. This goes back to Plato and further beyond. Plato said that pure thought is only achieved by cutting oneself off from all of the sensations of the body, which serve only to impede the soul's quest for truth among the otherworldly Forms. In this conception, the purity of truth stands in opposition to partaking in physical reality. The phenomenal world is systematically devalued in relation to the realm of pure thought.

Correspondingly, in Kant, the objects of knowledge are constituted by the pure forms of thought in conjunction with the pure forms of intuition, whereas the representation of the world is merely subjective, which implies a devaluation of physical reality and the bodily. Kant's systematic purification divests both the subject and the object of all immediate, sensuous, and qualitative features. The forms of human intuition and understanding become the incarnation of purity. It follows that the world becomes devoid of personal meaning and value. Schott says:

"[The] Kantian objectification of both subjects and objects is also a manifestation of the ascetic denial of sensuality.
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