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The Equivocation of ReasonKleist Reading Kant$
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James Phillips

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780804755870

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804755870.001.0001

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(p.112) Conclusion
The Equivocation of Reason
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This chapter summarizes the preceding discussions and presents some final thoughts. It analyzes Kleist's work and his interpretation of Kant. It argues that Kleist's turn to literature after the Kant crisis is less a turn away from truth to fantasy than a turn away from necessary truth to contingent truth. The fantastic element in Kleist's works is properly the unpredictability of contingent truth. In this regard, Kleist is a son of the Enlightenment.

Keywords:   Heinrich von Kleist, Kant, Enlightenment, Reason, truth

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