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The Self-Conscious, Thinking Subject

A Kantian Contribution to Reestablishing Reason in a Post-Truth Age

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Buch. Hardcover

1st ed. 2021. 2021

x, 362 S. Bibliographien.

In englischer Sprache

Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-3-030-79556-6

Format (B x L): 14,8 x 21 cm


This book argues that the primary function of human thinking in language is to make judgments, which are logical-normative connections of concepts. Robert Abele points out that this presupposes cognitive conditions that cannot be accounted for by empirical-linguistic analyses of language content or social conditions alone. Judgments rather assume both reason and a unified subject, and this requires recognition of a Kantian-type of transcendental dimension to them. Judgments are related to perception in that both are syntheses, defined as the unity of representations according to a rule/form. Perceptual syntheses are simultaneously pre-linguistic and proto-rational, and the understanding (Kant’s Verstand) makes these syntheses conceptually and thus self-consciously explicit. Abele concludes with a transcendental critique of postmodernism and what its deflationary view of ontological categories—such as the unified and reasoning subject—has done to political thinking. He presents an alternative that calls for a return to normativity and a recognition of reason, objectivity, and the universality of principles. Robert Abele is Professor of Philosophy at Diablo Valley College, USA. He is the author of A User's Guide to the USA PATRIOT Act (2005); The Anatomy of a Deception: A Logical and Ethical Analysis of the Decision to Invade Iraq (2009); and contributed to the Encyclopedia of Global Justice (2012).

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