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Autonomy After AuschwitzAdorno, German Idealism, and Modernity$
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Martin Shuster

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780226155487

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226155517.001.0001

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Beyond the Bounds of Sense:Kant and the Highest Good

Beyond the Bounds of Sense:Kant and the Highest Good

(p.42) Chapter two Beyond the Bounds of Sense:Kant and the Highest Good
Autonomy After Auschwitz

Martin Shuster

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that Kant critical philosophy anticipates a powerful rejoinder to the critique of the dialectic of enlightenment. Specifically, it shown that Kant’s notion of the highest good is both essential to Kant’s critical philosophy and serves to answer Horkheimer and Adorno’s critique. This chapter shows how Kant’s notion of autonomy depends on this notion of the highest good. In doing so, it also argues that for its proper elaboration, Kant’s notion of highest good requires the advances in Kant’s critical philosophy that the Critique of Judgment allows (i.e. the notion of the highest good is problematically circular in both the Critique of Pure Reason and the Critique of Practical Reason).

Keywords:   Immanuel Kant, philosophical theology, philosophy of religion, 1st Critique, 2nd Critique, 3rd Critique, Critique of Judgment, highest good, teleology, Theodor W. Adorno

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