The philosophical basis for social action, as recast in Kojin Karatani’s striking Transcritique. On Kant and Marx. Slavoj Žižek investigates the. Kojin Karatani’s Transcritique is the most useful and important book of philosophy /theory that I have read in some time. (Thanks, Jodi, for. Kojin Karatani, Transcritique: On Kant and Marx. Chapter 1: The Kantian Turn. The Copernican Turn. (1) Kantian turn as toward the subject.
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For Karatani here similar to Frankfurt School Marxismthe Marxian enterprise makes sense only against the backdrop of a normative vision, which is implicitly entailed in concepts such as exploitation, alienation, revolution, and, of course, communism, and which can be explicated with reference to Kant. With this as his own critical model, he then presents kartaani reading of Marx that attempts to liberate Marxism from longstanding Marxist and socialist presuppositions in order to locate a solid theoretical basis for a positive activism capable of gradually superseding the trinity of Transdritique.
Still, he leaves this methodological approach behind, and the first third of his book on Kant without mention in the conclusion. Much of Karatani’s chapters on Marx are devoted to arguing for this articulation while correcting much simpler readings of Marx as perpetuated by Engels.
The Kantian path to ethical kzratani is crucial, first, since it suggests the content of the categorical imperative in the famous third formulationi. Capital creates human relations through commodity exchange via money, the state is based on the principle of plunder and redistribution, and the nation is grounded in the principle of gift and return.
Yltkhuu rated it it karatabi amazing Oct 17, Contents The Kantian Turn. It is fascinating, indeed, to see how an academically rich and well-informed reconstruction of thinkers like Kant and Marx can be made to speak to pressing current issues, namely the development of alternatives to global exploitation and the unjust distribution of wealth.
This time around, about ten tranecritique later, I ate this book up. But what does Kant himself mean by critique — in contrast to the multifarious meanings the word has taken on in the two-hundred-odd years since?
Rather, the basis of parallax is the stubborn positivity of both of its terms. But the important thing about aesthetic judgment is that, although it relies upon the sensus communisit cannot transcritiue reduced to sensus communis.
Karatani proves to be a close reader while being a precise reader, a difficult task. Stephen rated it oaratani liked it Jan 09, Kant is notoriously erudite, and Marx is notoriously long winded.
But this big picture needs a lot of filling in, which is precisely what the interpretive analyses of the book are about. For years I have been struggling to find ways to articulate Marx together with Kant: Karatani reads Kant as a philosopher who sought to wrest metaphysics from the discredited realm of theoretical dogma in order to restore it to its proper place in the sphere of ethics and praxis.
In a direct challenge to standard academic approaches to both thinkers, Karatani’s transcritical readings discover the ethical roots I highly transcritiwue this book. Extremely difficult to read, but absolutely brilliant. Tsumeko rated it it was amazing Jan 23, Published by Mit Press first published He brings up details when details are needed and illustrates broad topics when overviews are to trascritique given.
What have we to gain from this methodology of transcritique? It’s true that his last chapter on Marx moves forward to provide alternatives and reasons as to why capitalism should not be allowed to persist, and why it will inevitably fail.
On Kant and Marx. Karatani collaborated with novelist Kenji Nakagami, to whom he introduced the works of Faulkner. The Crisis of Synthesis. Max rated it did not like it Mar 19, While teaching at Hosei University, Tokyo, he wrote extensively about modernity and postmodernity with a particular focus on language, number, and money, concepts that form the subtitle of one of his central books: Karatani collaborated with novelist Kenji Nakagamito whom he introduced the works of Faulkner.
What appears in Kant as categorial and intuitive forms of experience, and in Marx as value form, finds a common source in a conception of experience—and thus of subjective thought and individuality—as pre-constructed by media.
In a way though, this book could stand a third section, one on information, knowledge and money together. It’s amazing how little Marxists, even staunch communists, have read of Marx.
His big take on bracketing as being necessary for knowledge leaves me wondering — karatan does this method of transcritique bracket, and where are Karatani’s antinomies?
Yet what we would need, then, is a more broadly conceived model of symbolic and cultural exchange, both to explain economic power and to point to a path of possible resistance. Of course, Marx and Kant are both difficult thinkers to read. In this Japanese namethe family name is Karatani.
Jebbolt rated it it was amazing Sep 23, This is much like how Kant, according to Karatani, in his 3rd kadatani moved forward to speak of a “plural subjectivity” often thought of as his thoughts on aesthetics. Value Form and Surplus Value. This is where Karatani comes in and takes a fresh look at Kant.
Inhe was invited to Yale University to teach Japanese literature as a visiting professorwhere he met Paul de Man and Fredric Jameson and began to work on formalism. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Karatani has produced philosophical concepts, such as “the will to architecture “, but the best-known of them is probably that of “Transcritique”, which he proposed in his book Transcritiquewhere he reads Kant through Marx and vice versa.