This three-part post is meant to provide some background for an essay, Revolutionary constructivism, published on its sister site, Philosophers for Change, which uses the ideas of the great 18thcentury German philosopher Immanuel Kant to help explore radical political thought. Those who read that post will have the choice to connect to this one to get a better understanding of the basis for the ideas discussed there.
The posts here are based on an assumption that those reading it have reasonable familiarity with Kant’s ideas.
We will look at how Kant’s political ideas contradict the essence of his critical project as established by his critiques. It will be shown that his political theory is itself inadequate against the forceful ideas of the critiques that made him renowned (though their philosophical notoriety for some has not diminished). His political theory will be shown to be discredited by…
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