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Late Kant: Towards Another Law of the Earth [Hardcover]

Peter Fenves
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September 10, 2003 0415246806 978-0415246804 1
Immanuel Kant spent many of his younger years working on what are generally considered his masterpieces: the three Critiques. But his work did not stop there: in later life he began to reconsider subjects such as anthropology, and topics including colonialism, race and peace.
In Late Kant, Peter Fenves becomes one of the first to thoroughly explore Kant's later writings and give them the detailed scholarly attention they deserve. In his opening chapters, Fenves examines in detail the various essays in which Kant invents, formulates and complicates the thesis of 'radical evil' - a thesis which serves as the point of departure for all his later writings. Late Kant then turns towards the counter-thesis of 'radical mean-ness', which states that human beings exist on earth for the sake of another species or race of human beings. The consequences of this startling thesis are that human beings cannot claim possession of the earth, but must rather prepare the earth for its rightful owners.
Late Kant is the first book to develop the 'geo-ethics' of Kant's thought, and the idea that human beings must be prepared to concede their space for another kind of human. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the later works of Immanuel Kant.

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Fenves is one of the most innovative and brilliant thinkers now writing in the field of German philosophy and literature... [He] makes a compelling case for the importance and undeserved neglect of the 'late' Kant; and suggests new ways in which Kant's work is relevant to the present. Fenves has the rare gift of combining scrupulous historical scholarship, a finely tuned literary ear, and an extraordinary analytic mind.
–Susan Shell, Boston College

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Peter Fenves is Professor of German, Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies at Northwestern University.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 10, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415246806
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415246804
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,015,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Kant, not cant June 11, 2013
These readings of Kant's thinking on history and politics are insightful, compelling, and relevant to later political theory as well as to current questions of post-Cold-War, post-superpower politics and globalization. (I doubt very much that the other reviewer read the book or has read the work of Kant.)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pure cant September 26, 2010
What on earth is this? Is this book a joke? Or was Kant joking? And who is Peter Fenves, anyway?

The dense, impenetrable prose of his book makes it down right impossible to read, and it's never clear what Fenves' central thesis might be. Perhaps he wants to become the court jester of pure cant.

The joke is on the reader, I'm afraid.
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