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Enlightenment is the Courage to follow the Guidance of another. Towards a Kantian Tractatus Theologico-Politicus

Referent: Prof. Dr. Omri Boehm | Moderation: Prof. Dr. Axel Hutter

23.01.2014 um 18:15 Uhr

It is common to understand Enlightenment as thinking for oneself. While not contesting this definition, Omri Boehm will reject the assumption that selbst denken consists in refusing the guidance of another. In fact following another's guidance in the strong sense of following without understanding will be shown a necessary condition for thinking for oneself. In this light, the relation between Enlightenment and religion (prophecy/revelation) will have to be reconsidered. Far from assuming the rejection of prophecy (Spinoza), Enlightenment is in fact impossible without it. In making these claims Omri Boehm will not defend a moderate or reactionary interpretation of Enlightenment; on the contrary, the hope is to use the philosophical tools provided by Kant in defending a radical-revolutionary concept of Enlightenment from the Spinozist assault on it.

Omri Boehm ist Professor für Philosophie an der New School for Social Research in New York und im Wintersemester 2013/14 Visiting Fellow am Center for Advanced Studies.

Ort: Vortragssaal des CAS
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