By Peter Alexander Meyers

ISBN-10: 0300178050

ISBN-13: 9780300178050

During this impressive paintings, Peter Alexander Meyers indicates how the center piece of the Enlightenment—society because the image of collective human existence and because the primary area of human practice—was essentially composed and lively by way of its such a lot ambivalent determine: Jean-Jacques Rousseau. exhibiting this new society as an evolving box of interdependence, deserted to Ourselves lines the emergence and ethical importance of dependence itself inside Rousseau's encounters with numerous discourses of order, together with theology, normal philosophy, and song. Underpinning this complete scene we find a modernizing perception of the human Will, one who runs a long way deeper than Rousseau's most famed trope, the "general Will." As deserted to Ourselves weaves jointly old acuity with theoretical perception, readers will locate the following components for a reconstructed sociology which includes issues and people and, as a result, a brand new origin for modern political concept.

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The function of joining up the two elements, Kant thought, would be assigned to reason, which he claimed ‘furnishes us with the principles of knowledge a priori’ (Kant 1855, 1) required for the constitution of experience. With Kant, therefore, experience no longer refers to a raw form of sensory perception, but is treated, instead, as the product of a dialectically mediated relation between subjective and objective forces – a relation that prevents him from falling into the dogmatic realm of rationalism or the relativist trap of empiricist epistemology.

He thought such a state of affairs to be realizable only through the mediated nonidentity of subject and object. At first glance, Adorno’s call for a reflexive form of rationality presents little differences with Kant’s ‘practical reason’. Both thinkers did indeed place a strong emphasis on the role played by reason in autonomous reflection. Adorno, however, takes issue with Kant regarding the nature of the mediation involved in such a process. Indeed, as was shown above, Kant understands autonomy in terms of ‘freedom from self-incurred tutelage [my emphasis]’, where reason is primarily employed to both preserve the self against the socalled chaotic world of objects by ordering it and exerting control over natural forces, rather than as a medium for the actual realization of the self through the emancipation of both a sensuous and cognitive internal nature from repression.

As Adorno sought to emphasize, Kant effectively conceptualized epistemic conditions for the development of the mediation of humanity and nature by instrumental reason into a subsumptive process leading to the repressive and permanent resolution of the contradictory forces making up individuals’ existence – a subsumption which Nietzsche (2000) had already called into question in his critique of modernity’s tendencies to favour the release of Apollonian energies over Dionysian ones and Schiller depicted as the identity of the ‘sense-drive’ and ‘form-drive’ turning into a source of ‘constraint and violence’ (Schiller 1967, 119).

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