XI KANT KONGRESS, XI Congresso Kantiano Internazionale

Kant and Social Objects

Maurizio Ferraris

Edificio: Palazzo dei Congressi
Sala: Auditorium
Data: 23 maggio 2010 - 14:30
Ultima modifica: 12 aprile 2010

Abstract

"Intuitions without concept are blind" is hard to apply in the natural sphere, but it perfectly suits the social realm. However, Kant never spoke of "social objects". In this framework, what I advance is both a step forward and a step backward with respect to Kant. The step backward is defending realism against transcendentalism, which means returning to a pre-Kantian set up. The step forward is acknowledging the word of social objects, namely highlighting a ontological field which Kant never referred to (at least explicitly). The result will be, hopefully, to the advantage of philosophy and also of everyday life: putting transcendentalism in its proper seat, i.e. social world and its objects.