Über die Unentrinnbarkeit der Metaphysik: Johann Georg Hamanns Kant-Kritik

Translated title of the contribution: Inescapable metaphysics. Johann Georg Hamann 's critique of Kant: Johann Georg Hamann’s critique of Kant

Tina Rock (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Although Kant is often considered the philosopher who ended the reign of metaphysical dogmatism, the situation is not quite so clear. On the one hand, this analysis must bear in mind that Kant himself had a great interest in metaphysics, insofar as it was not dogmatic - Kant himself considered his Critique to be just a reform of metaphysics. On the other hand, the Critique of Pure Reason itself is a result of certain metaphysical-dogmatic preliminary decisions. In order to show how one-sided the idea is that Kant simply did away with metaphysics, I will draw attention to the metaphysical presuppositions that shape the Critique of Pure Reason. The first thinker who attempted to explicate the metaphysical basis of the Critique was Kant's friend and colleague Johann Georg Hamann. With Hamann's guidance I will argue that even his Critique of Pure Reason was based on metaphysical presuppositions and that such an influence by metaphysical preliminary decisions is inevitable - even for such a sharp critic of metaphysical dogmatism as Kant. At the same time this text provides an introduction to Hamann 's thought, a thinker ahead of his times.

Translated title of the contributionInescapable metaphysics. Johann Georg Hamann 's critique of Kant: Johann Georg Hamann’s critique of Kant
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)27-43
Number of pages17
JournalAllgemeine Zeitschrift für Philosophie
Volume44
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • Critique of metaphysics
  • Empiricism
  • Intellectus theory
  • Metaphysics
  • Schematism

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