By Jan Plug
Explores the function of language, background, and politics in Romantic literature and concept, from Kant to Yeats.
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Philosophy therefore runs the risk of being cut off from the world and remaining relegated to the task of system building, which would deny it its place as philosophy “in the world,” as philosophical in the most rigorous sense. It is therefore crucial that Kant find a way for judgements of presentations in the realm of Ideas to be made despite their lack of an intuitable referent. Not only given Ideas, but the very Idea of critical philosophy, the entire Kantian system, is at stake. That the ostensible answer to this difficulty should be found in the Critique of Judgement, already given the task of making the passage from the first to the second Critique, Borders of a Lip Pt.
This sign as indication of progress becomes a modality of that progress itself and as such is no longer a sign of history so much as it is history itself. Thus, the enthusiasm that serves as an “as if” presentation of the Idea of civil and even cosmopolitan society also undergoes a transformation. It is no longer an “as if ” presentation that enthusiasm supplies, no longer an indication of progress, no longer as if progress, historicity, could be affirmed. Rather, following the logic of the progression in Lyotard’s passage, the “as if” history becomes the “is” history.
Lyotard, however, calls not for the necessity of just action, not for what clearly could be seen as a historical event; rather, his is an injunction for a reading of that imperative. Lyotard’s imperative calls for a reading and even a retranslation of Kant that would render that determinate relation indeterminate. According to Lyotard’s reading, Kant’s imperative says one thing but must mean another. 26 Act so that the maxim of your will can always at the same time be valid as a universal legislation.