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The Body Problematic: Political Imagination in Kant and by Laura Hengehold

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By Laura Hengehold

Past due in existence, Foucault pointed out with 'the severe culture of Kant,' encouraging us to learn either thinkers in new methods. Grounding glossy wisdom within the limits of human cause engendered hugely winning kinds of political, social-scientific, and scientific rationality in addition to Kant's Copernican flip. those limits completed a concrete, practicable shape in ancient constructions just like the asylum, legal, and the sexual or racial human physique. Such associations equipped upon and formed the classy judgment of these thought of 'normal. Following Kant via all of Foucault's significant works, this booklet indicates how our bodies functioned as 'problematic gadgets' within which the bounds of post-Enlightenment ecu strength and discourse have been imaginatively figured and unified. It indicates ways in which readers in a neoliberal political order can detach from the creative schemes vested of their our bodies and scan normatively with their very own defense wishes.

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Others are able to step back once they realize that there is no point in demanding that people, parties, and institutions agree in every respect on the world they share. In this book, I assume that more of the world’s citizens, even in the older democracies, live with heterotopia than live with the coherent experience described as universal by philosophers and Western psychologists. Ironically, the heterotopic imagination is the norm. As I will argue 3. W. V. Quine expresses a similar idea when he states that theoretically laden terms are rarely amenable to translation in terms of sensory experience, but must be situated with respect to other statements in their home discourse.

Reason’s ideal of unification is initially expressed in the act of exclusion (the first among many dividing practices) enabling a whole to be projected in the first place. This foundational opposition between the phenomenal world and its ‘‘other’’ (even if technically there is no other, the concept being empty) reflects Kant’s desire to acknowledge the reality of conflict and interaction while avoiding the excesses of spiritualism that troubled him in the pre-critical essays. Although he may hope for completeness in the sciences and be guided in this pursuit by harmony among the faculties, this harmony is not to be found at the origin, in the conditions for unified experience.

2 After reflecting on my own experience in light of Kant’s structure, and reflecting on his structure as ‘‘constituted out of processes of correcting and recutting . . patterns, regrouping, defining relationships of belonging and discovering new resources’’ over time, it seemed to me that Kant struggled repeatedly with the difficulty of creating a totality for reason, and that he identified this difficulty with the dangerously divisive potential of imagination or an ‘‘imaginative’’ understanding.

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