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The Eonic Effect vs Hegelianized Kant

December 20th, 2006 · No Comments

Another post at kant@yahoogroups.com, this time concerning Kant, Hegel, the categories and the attempt to ‘historize’ Kant.

Hegel’s thinking about the categories and universal history is interesting but somehow off the mark. After all, Schopenhauer considered that the ‘understanding’ applied universally to all animals, the whole animal kingdom. The category ‘causality’ might well show intercultural relativity and yet we should suspect that kinesthetic basics are shared by all men, indeed perhaps all simians! There is a challenge to define terms in universal language, whatever that might be. But a chimpanzee working on a coconut shows our common ancestry as ‘kinesthetic monkeysee-monkeydo’ from the causal implications of dealing with coconuts to rocket ships.The basic sense of ‘causal’ action is surely a species-specific characteristic.

In any case, as pointed out, Yovel’s attempt to critique the timeless character of Kant’s views and Hegelianize this via some dialectic is fascinating, but to my thinking it doesn’t work, for the simple reason that Hegelian dialectic just won’t work as a ‘mechanism of historical/evolutionary dynamics’. This switches concepts to reductionist physicalism, and Hegel wasn’t looking for the ‘mechanism’ there, but the essential point is clear. If we look at world history it is hard to demonstrate that historical events (assuming I understand what Hegel was saying) follow dialectical logic. There are many oppositions of contraries, to be sure, but there is no guarantee of their progression into a higher form. You would have a hard time writing history in that fashion apart from a few descriptive examples.

Here I think I have historized Kant in the way that it can really be done. The historical dynamic of the eonic effect shows the smoking evidence of a process that reconciles the temporal and the timeless, and it does so in a process of historical directionality, if not teleology, (that I also tie in with evolution) that is based on a drumbeat oscillator motion, a most elegant solution to Kant’s ‘temporal history’ problem.


x@X writes:
as long as you do not slide into an Hegelian reading of Kant, like
Yovel and others do, …

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