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Metaphysics as Kant’s Coquette: Rousseau’s Influence on Dreams of a Spirit-Seer

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 October 2015

Jeremiah Alberg*
Affiliation:
International Christian University
*Corresponding

Abstract

Kant’s notes known as Remarks in the ‘Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime’ reveal a deep concern with the way in which the human drives to equality and unity lead inevitably to a drive for honour and its attendant delusions. He developed his thinking about these problems in the context of his reading of Rousseau. In his published Dreams of a Spirit-Seer, Kant tries to overcome the influence of the drive for honour by appealing to a metaphysics that is critical of itself. The problem is how to distinguish what is grounded in reason when that reason is so easily influenced by others.

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