Monday, October 10, 2005

Foucault's 'Commentary of Kant's Anthropology from a pragmatic point of view'

"Would the archaeology of the text, if it were possible, allow us to see the birth of ‘homo criticus’, whose structure would essentially differ from the man who preceded him? The Critique, with its own propaedeutic character in philosophy, will play a constitutive role in the birth and becoming of concrete forms of human existence ... Since the 16th century juridical thought has primarily been concerned with the definition of the relation of the individual to the general form of the State, or of the individual to things within the abstract form of property. In the second half of the 18th century, the relationship of belonging amongst individuals themselves in the concrete and particular form of the couple, the family group, the household and the home come under question: how can civil society, which the bourgeoisie presupposes as its own foundation and justification, particularise itself in these restricted unities, which do not follow the feudal model, yet need not dissolve themselves at the moment of its permanent disappearance?" - Translated by Arianna Bove.

[This comes care of generation-online, which, in turn, comes care of Philosophy.com.]

2 comments:

Vombats said...

Perphaps somebody knows if there is an online verion of "Anthropology From A Pragmatic Point Of View" (in English) available somewhere on the Internet??? Would appreciate any help on this. reinis.rotkalis@gmail.com

Erik Empson said...

The text on generation-online is an original contribution to generation-online of Dr Arianna Bove's translation. There is no connection with philosophy.com
I hope this helps. E Empson