Pierre Klossowski's Hamann: The transition from epistemology to speech in twentieth-century French philosophy

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Abstract

This paper elucidates Pierre Klossowski’s relationship to the post-Kantian tradition, specifically as a part of the shift in twentieth-century French philosophy from a neo-Kantian epistemological approach to the emphasis on the primacy of language in the human subject and his place in society. In response to a variety of events (the reception of Hegelianism through the lenses of Kojève and Wahl, the Marxist critique of capitalism and the rise of European fascism) Klossowski develops a peculiar interest in the works of Johann Georg Hamann, who can be considered to be either the first post-Kantian or the direct antecedent of post-Kantianism (given the fact that he influenced both Kant and many post-Kantians). As this paper argues, Klossowski published a collection of texts by Hamann as a direct response to the philosophical deadlock between conceptuality and immediate life that the French reception of Hegel emphasized.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-154
Number of pages14
JournalIdealistic Studies
Volume47
Issue number1/2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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Keywords

  • Klossowski
  • Hamann
  • Bataille
  • post-Kantianism

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