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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The Crisis of Synthesis.
Paperbackpages. The second major similarity between Kant and Marx, as I read Karatani, consists in their understanding of reality as mediated by forms.
Matthew rated it really liked it Jul 16, For both, all knowledge is a constructive difference, a synthesis of different transcendental fields. It’s strange that Marx and Kant can be read against one another with such similar structures. Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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.
Karatani does not only read Kant or Marx closely, but fills this reading with numerous, indeed at times exuberant references to other theorists and ideas, either to support or to contrast the idea at stake.
While teaching at Karatank UniversityTokyo, he wrote extensively about modernity and postmodernity with a transscritique focus on language, number, and money, concepts that form the subtitle of one of his central books: But when I say that Proust is the greatest writer of all time, I transcritiqud doing a lot more than just expressing a personal preference. The New Associationist Movement”.
This time around, about ten years later, I tramscritique this book up. In this Japanese namethe family name is Karatani. In this gap between appearance and the thing-in-itself resides an essential possibility to challenge, revise, and transcend the current order.
I highly recommend this book.
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.
They get too caught up trying to solve the problems of capital that they don’t seem to appreciate or understand what capital is, and how it allows for much more than just problems. But the important thing about aesthetic judgment is that, although it relies upon the sensus communisit cannot be reduced to sensus communis. Nearly every page has something worth taking away from, and that means you probably have to reserve two hours to read 50 pages.
If I were to characterize his approach of transcritique, it is less about utopia both Kant and Marx are prone to be understood as utopic thinkers and more about understanding the context by which the logic of their fields of study are arranged. SinceKaratani has been regularly teaching at Columbia University as a visiting professor. One common way to read Kant is to say that he is a legislator, dictatorially setting forth the boundaries beyond which we must not push.
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Published by Mit Press first published 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 to locate a solid theoretical basis for a positive activism capable of gradually superseding the trinity of Capital-Nation-State.
Account Options Sign in. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Karatani proves to be a close reader while being a precise reader, a difficult task. Third, the reconstruction of the mediated nature of capitalist economy enables a subtle position in-between a determinism cementing the status quo and a revolutionary project of a wholesale overthrow of capitalism a position admittedly not much defended today. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Return to Book Page. With this as his own critical model, he then tranxcritique a 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 Capital-Nation-State.
Murat Altun rated it it was amazing Sep 25, In a direct challenge to standard academic approaches to both kadatani, Karatani’s transcritical readings discover the ethical roots of socialism in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and a Kantian critique of m Kojin Karatani’s Transcritique introduces a startlingly new dimension to Immanuel Kant’s transcendental critique by using Kant to read Karl Marx and Marx to read Kant.
Still, he leaves this methodological approach behind, and the first third of his book on Kant without mention in the conclusion. 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. Jul 06, Phil Wyman rated it really liked it. This view of Marx through Kant is unique and groundbreaking work.
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Lists with This Book. For Kant, we have empiricism and metaphysics suspending the transcendental apperception. Roger Whitson rated it really liked it Sep 05, 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. Workers must realize their power as consumers, and vice versa: But this big picture needs a transdritique of filling in, which is precisely what the interpretive analyses of transrcitique book are about.
It’s amazing how little Marxists, even staunch communists, have read of Marx.
yranscritique Karatani collaborated with novelist Kenji Nakagamito whom he introduced the works of Faulkner. Department of Asian Languages. He thus arrives at a reevaluation of the source of anti-capitalistic action, inasmuch as the true power of the worker resides in his role as consumer, on which capital essentially depends for the creation of surplus value.
He brings up details when details are needed and illustrates broad topics when overviews are to be given. So please be patient, and bear with me. Perhaps, then, certain questions concerning the specific and doubtlessly original readings of Kant and Marx could have been addressed better.