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Kant and the Culture of Enlightenment
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Katerina Deligiorgi interprets Kant’s conception of enlightenment within the broader philosophical project of his critique of reason. Analyzing a broad range of Kant’s works, including his Critique of Pure Reason, the Critique of Judgment, his lectures on anthropology and logic, as well as his shorter essays, she identifies the theoretical and practical commitments that show the achievement of rational autonomy as an ongoing project for the realization of a culture of enlightenment. Deligiorgi also considers Kant’s ideas in relation to the work of Diderot, Rousseau, Mendelssohn, Reinhold, Hamann, Schiller, and Herder. The perspective opened by this historical dialogue challenges twentieth-century revisionist interpretations of the Enlightenment to show that the “culture of enlightenment” is not simply a fragment of our intellectual history but rather a live project.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Note on the Texts Used
  2. pp. ix-xi
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  1. Introduction: A Critical Answer to the Question, What Is Enlightenment?
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Chapter 1. The Enlightenment in Question
  2. pp. 13-53
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  1. Chapter 2. The Idea of a Culture of Enlightenment
  2. pp. 55-98
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  1. Chapter 3. Culture as a Historical Project
  2. pp. 99-131
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  1. Chapter 4. Nature and the Criticism of Culture
  2. pp. 133-157
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  1. Chapter 5. Culture after Enlightenment
  2. pp. 159-185
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 187-230
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 231-242
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 243-248
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