The philosophical basis for social action, as recast in Kojin Karatani’s striking Transcritique. On Kant and Marx. Slavoj Žižek investigates the. Kojin Karatani’s Transcritique is the most useful and important book of philosophy /theory that I have read in some time. (Thanks, Jodi, for. Kojin Karatani, Transcritique: On Kant and Marx. Chapter 1: The Kantian Turn. The Copernican Turn. (1) Kantian turn as toward the subject.

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Value Form and Surplus Value.

Transcritique (part 1: Kant) – The Pinocchio Theory

While teaching at Hosei UniversityTokyo, he wrote extensively about modernity and postmodernity with a particular focus on language, number, and money, concepts that form the subtitle of one of his central books: But what does Kant himself mean by critique — transctitique contrast to the multifarious meanings the word has taken on in the two-hundred-odd years since? For Kant, we have empiricism and metaphysics suspending the transcendental apperception.

For Marx, money weaves a field from which surplus value can perpetuate capitalism through the extension of merchant capital.

With this as his own critical model, he then presents a reading of Marx that attempts to liberate Marxism from longstanding Marxist and socialist presuppositions in order to transcrritique a solid theoretical basis for a positive activism capable of gradually superseding the trinity of Capital-Nation-State.

Moreover, Karatani maintains that this shows that Kant situates this ethical demand squarely in the emerging capitalistic order, as the imperative to treat another never merely as a means is clearly taking into account the capitalistic mode of instrumental action, in which others are economically reduced to mere means.

The first time, I was a little lost, better read on Kant but not very well read on Marx. He brings up details when details are needed and illustrates broad topics when overviews are to be given.


Yltkhuu rated it transcrritique was amazing Oct 17, The second major similarity between Kant and Marx, as I read Karatani, consists in their understanding of reality as mediated by forms. To ask other readers questions about Transcritiqueplease sign up. For years I transcrifique been struggling to find ways to articulate Marx together with Kant: In this Japanese namethe family name is Karatani.

The Kantian path to ethical transcendence is crucial, first, since it suggests the content of the categorical imperative in the famous third formulationi. If you’re on the fence about this book I would recommend reading it.


The so-called postmodern theorists including Michel Foucault on power and Pierre Bourdieu on symbolic capital and habituswhich Karatani ignores, could have karataji valuable lessons in this regard. In a direct challenge to standard academic approaches to both thinkers, Karatani’s transcritical readings discover the ethical roots of socialism in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and a Kantian critique of m Kojin Oaratani Transcritique introduces a startlingly new dimension to Immanuel Kant’s transcendental critique by using Kant to read Karl Marx and Marx to read Kant.

Still, a great book. Karatani collaborated with novelist Karattani Nakagamito whom he introduced the works of Faulkner. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The problem of aesthetic taste in the Third Critique thus leads to an Antinomy, formally parallel to the Antinomies of the First Critique.

This is my second time reading it. Even though analytically independent, the value form of money allowed the forging of the synthesis of the modern capitalistic nation-state. Sheikh Tajamul rated it really liked it Jun 15, This is where Karatani comes in and takes a fresh look at Kant.


Perhaps, then, certain questions concerning the specific and doubtlessly original readings of Kant transcritiqu Marx could have been addressed better. This page was last edited on 4 Juneat Accordingly, Karatani argues that the exchange karataani of money is but one of four forms of human interaction. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Marx did so in his volume 3 of capital, understanding the state’s irrational role in supporting and promoting capital in relation to other states. Third, the reconstruction of the mediated nature of capitalist economy enables a subtle position in-between a determinism cementing the status quo and a revolutionary project of a wholesale overthrow of capitalism a position admittedly not much defended today.

For Marx, money weaves a field from which surplus value can perpetuate capitalism through th Kojin Karatani argues for the formal equivalence of Kant and Marx as for Karatani, both thinkers critique their fields of study Kant in philosophy and Marx in economics by positioning themselves in the interstices.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In a way though, this book could stand a third section, one on information, knowledge and money together.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. What have we to gain from this methodology of transcritique?

Inhe was invited to Yale University to teach Japanese literature as a visiting professorwhere he met Paul de Man and Fredric Jameson and began to kratani on formalism.

Another way to put this: Aug 30, Jez Latham rated it liked it Recommends it for: So far so good.