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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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Views Read Edit View history. This time around, about ten years later, I ate this book up.

Want to Transcritiaue Currently Reading Read. 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. Archived from the original on Cybermilitia rated it it was ok Nov 06, What have we to gain from this methodology of transcritique? 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: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

This is where Karatani comes in and takes a fresh look at Kant. Kojin Karatani argues for the formal equivalence of Kant and Marx as for Karatani, both thinkers critique their fields of study Kant in philosophy and Marx in economics by positioning themselves in the interstices.

The time is well spent. No trivia or quizzes yet. But experience sensory data, perception, etc does not itself come to us raw: Similarly, each thinker is taken to exemplify tramscritique approach on his own.

Transcritique: On Kant and Marx – Kojin Karatani – Google Books

Karatani proves to be a close reader while being a precise reader, a difficult task. For Kant, we have empiricism and metaphysics suspending the transcendental apperception.

Put this way, it tranacritique sound like we are stuck in a vicious circle: 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. They are entirely singular — each case of judgment is unique, there are no broader rules under kzratani aesthetic judgments can be subsumed, in the way that both empirical judgments and moral commands get subsumed under rules.

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Transcritique (part 1: Kant)

The ethico-economic model combines moments from the state equalitywhere strangers encounter one another, and the nation fraternitywhere subjects are empathetically concerned with one another while thereby, I presume, allowing for free self-realization.

With this as his own critical model, he then presents a reading of Marx that attempts to liberate Marxism from longstanding Marxist and socialist presuppositions in order trannscritique locate a solid theoretical basis for a positive activism capable of gradually superseding the trinity of Capital-Nation-State. 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?

This is much like how Kant, according to Karatani, in his 3rd critique moved forward to speak of a “plural subjectivity” often thought of as his thoughts on aesthetics.

Kojin Karatani

For Marx, money weaves a field from which surplus value can perpetuate capitalism through transcritiquee extension of merchant capital. In this Japanese namethe family name is Karatani. Anja rated it it was amazing May 12, In what follows, in order to explain Karatani I am going to move very slowly, and throw in a bit of Philosophyjust so that I can pin things down, and clarify them for myself, as carefully as possible.

Sara-Maria Sorentino rated it liked it Sep 21, Jan 29, Alex Lee rated it it was amazing Shelves: In a direct challenge to standard academic approaches to both thinkers, Karatani’s transcritical readings discover the ethical roots of socialism in Kant’s Critique of Pure Karatain and a Kantian transcriyique of money in Marx’s Capital.

Technology for Karatani is in kartani service of capitalism’s ability to create organic unity in production and capital as well as the creation of new temporary values in the form of lifestyles. Contents The Kantian Turn. 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.


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 karatanni can be explicated with reference to Kant.

The New Associationist Movement”. The so-called postmodern transcrituque including Michel Foucault on power and Pierre Bourdieu on symbolic capital and habituswhich Karatani ignores, could have taught valuable lessons in this regard.

This reading relies on the understanding that different spheres of money, different cultural, geological, economic and semiotic values allow merchant capital to attain surplus value through what is basically arbitration.

In a way, I wish for Karatani to have included at least a conclusion, to tie both of these guys together, as he did so in the beginning. SinceKaratani has been regularly teaching at Columbia University as a visiting professor. 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 is my second time reading it. Transcritkque has surly surpassed our ability to grasp what we are doing as it extends much more quickly how we can do it. The second major similarity between Kant and Marx, as I read Karatani, consists in their understanding of reality as mediated by forms.

Transcritique (part 1: Kant) – The Pinocchio Theory

Extremely difficult to read, but absolutely brilliant. Paperbackpages. Kant is notoriously erudite, and Marx is notoriously long winded. Vincent rated it it was amazing Jan 05, In aesthetic judgment, singularity communicates with universality without any intermediate terms.

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