Kant’s Philosophy

What is it about Kant’s philosophy that makes it so damn…. sacred?

Kantians have a deep attachment to interpretations of Kant. It’s such that any kind of deviation from the “standard reading” (whatever the hell that is) makes them visibly nervous. It’s so strange. What is it about Kant’s philosophy that makes him so insulated from textual interpretation? 

I have a cynical theory. Kant’s writing is tough. Really tough. It’s taken philosophers multiple generations to come upon the standard reading of the text. If this reading falls out, it seems we’re back at square one. This cannot happen. Imagine if Kant had to be looked at fresh again, with new eyes. Chaos would ensue. 

I have a charitable theory. Kant’s writing is tough. Really tough. It’s very easy to misinterpret what’s going on in the text. Certain quotes taken in one work look contradictory to other parts of his practical philosophy, but if interpreted correctly it becomes cohesive. Claiming that Kant contradicts himself is a mortal sin in the Kantian’s eyes.

Whether either of these theories is right or I’m just full of shit I don’t know. The strangeness surrounding Kant is undeniable however. Kant is sacred to those who love him. He must be protected from those who would show him differently from what he is. What is it about his philosophy that sanctifies his works? Why Kant? So strange.

~ by Barky on December 7, 2011.

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