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The Equivocation of Reason: Kleist Reading Kant

James Phillips


This book asks how the literary works of the German writer Heinrich von Kleist might be considered a critique and elaboration of Kantian philosophy. In 1801, the 23-year-old Kleist, attributing his loss of confidence in our knowledge of the world to his reading of Kant, turned from science to literature. He ignored Kant's apology of the sciences to focus on the philosopher's doctrine of the unknowability of things in themselves. From that point on, Kleist's writings relate confrontations with points of hermeneutic resistance. Truth is no longer that which the sciences establish; only the disap ... More

Keywords: German writer, Heinrich von Kleist, Kantian philosophy, loss of confidence, Kant, unknowability of things, things in themselves, hermeneutic resistance, truth, transcendental Reason

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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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