Idealistic Studies 50 (1):73-91 (2020)

Yi Wu
Dartmouth College
The Copernican Revolution had meant for modern Europe surer navigation, bolder voyages and wilder discoveries. With the declaration of independence of America in 1781 and the publication of The Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant in the same year, the age of Enlightenment defined itself as an age of coming of age and of daring to know. This essay tries to draw out the peculiar enlightenment ethos of a youth against youth through Kant’s depiction of the voyage of human reason in the First Critique. It will do so by examining the four-fold sense of objects, the island of truth surrounded by illusion, amphibolic insularity, the mirror of schema and the “No Further!” of the Pillars of Hercules. Interrogating the dual sense of “limit” as both infinitizing, transgressively de-territorializing and yet at the same time self-delimiting, self-critiquingly re-territorializing, this essay argues for a hermeneutic vantage point to comprehend Kant as the unwilling mariner who by way of the transcendental as-if attempted to gain a certain spectatorship, a particular possibility of seeing - at a shore already and increasingly lost to the European and global humanity of centuries to come.
Keywords Continental Philosophy  History of Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2020
DOI 10.5840/idstudies202039110
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,587
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Kant's Critique of Pure Reason: Critical Essays.Patricia Kitcher (ed.) - 1998 - Rowman & Littlefield Publishers.
The Origins of Kant's "Critique of Judgment".Ted Kinnaman - 1995 - Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
Critique of Pure Reason.Immanuel Kant - 1991 - In Elizabeth Schmidt Radcliffe, Richard McCarty, Fritz Allhoff & Anand Vaidya (eds.), Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. Blackwell. pp. 449-451.
Reason and Regulation In Kant.Fred L. Rush Jr - 2000 - Review of Metaphysics 53 (4):837-862.
Die Wandlungen in Kants Gotteslehre.Eckart Förster - 1998 - Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 52 (3):341 - 362.
Gesammelte Werke.Immanuel Kant - 1900f. - Akademie.


Added to PP index

Total views
7 ( #1,048,576 of 2,461,959 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #144,097 of 2,461,959 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes