Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Schmidt, James. "Review of Jane Kneller's KANT AND THE POWER OF IMAGINATION." NDPR (July 2008).

Kneller, Jane. Kant and the Power of Imagination. Cambridge: CUP, 2007. Kant tends to be viewed as one of the most stalwart defenders of the Enlightenment, Romantic writers like Novalis have long been cast in the role of the Enlightenment's most vigorous critics, and the relationship of German idealism to Kant's philosophy has always been troubled -- though Fichte saw himself as completing Kant's system, Kant rejected his efforts in no uncertain terms. Not the least of the virtues of Jane Kneller's fine study is that it unsettles the conventional picture of late eighteenth-century German thought by introducing readers to a Kant who had far more in common with Novalis and his colleagues than with Fichte and his. Along the way she explores the ambiguous function of the imagination in Kant's critical enterprise, untangles the philosophical commitments of the first generation of Romantics, and sheds a good deal of light on the extent to which the Jena Romantics might be seen as advancing at least some of the ideals associated with the Enlightenment. . . . Read the rest here: http://ndpr.nd.edu/review.cfm?id=13665.

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