Kōjin Karatani is a Japanese philosopher and literary critic. Contents. 1 Biography; 2 Writing about Transcritique in the New Left Review of January– February , Slavoj Žižek brought Karatani’s work to greater critical attention. Kojin Karatani, All rights reserved. For Use at Princeton Symposium “ Authenticities. East and West” Only. Do not circulate, cite and/or quote without the . The philosophical basis for social action, as recast in Kojin Karatani’s striking Transcritique. On Kant and Marx. Slavoj Žižek investigates the.

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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.

Anja rated it it was amazing May 12, This reading by itself isn’t enough — Karatani emphasizes that such disparate spheres are created through the metaphoric union of the capitalist-nation-state.

This section would combine these two points and statistic a new domain of examination, namely that of karatqni internet Kant is notoriously erudite, and Marx is notoriously long winded. Science Logic and Mathematics. So please be patient, and bear with me.

Kojin Karatani

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. Basically, the Analytic of the Beautiful poses the question of singularity and universality. Technology has surly surpassed our ability to grasp what we are doing as it extends much more quickly how we can do it.

I highly recommend this book.

‘Transcritique: On Kant and Marx’ by Kojin Karatani

What appears in Kant as categorial and intuitive forms of experience, and in Marx as value form, finds a common source in a conception of experience—and thus of subjective thought and individuality—as pre-constructed by media.


It is fascinating, indeed, to see how an academically rich and well-informed reconstruction of thinkers like Kant and Marx can be made to speak to pressing current issues, namely the development of alternatives to global exploitation and the unjust distribution of wealth. This is my second time reading it. But when I say that Proust is the greatest writer of all time, I am doing a lot more than just expressing a personal preference.

Stephen rated it really liked it Jan 09, Vincent rated it it was amazing Jan 05, Want to Read saving…. They get too caught up trying to solve the problems of capital that they don’t seem to appreciate or understand what capital is, and how it allows for much more than just problems.

Jebbolt rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University’s proxy server Configure custom proxy use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy. Return to Book Page. In this gap between appearance and the thing-in-itself resides an essential possibility to challenge, revise, and transcend the current order.

Kojih reading relies on the understanding that different spheres of money, different cultural, geological, economic and semiotic values allow merchant capital to attain surplus value through what is basically arbitration. Yet Karatani manages them both, along with various supporting thinkers and their various positions, to illuminate Marx and Kant while maintaining a slender volume just over pages in text.

One common way to read Kant is to say that he is a legislator, dictatorially setting forth the boundaries beyond which we must not push. Amanda Armstrong rated it liked it Dec 18, His big take on bracketing as being necessary for knowledge leaves me wondering — what does this method of transcritique bracket, and where are Karatani’s antinomies?

In a way though, this book could stand a third section, one on information, knowledge and money together. In a direct challenge to standard academic approaches to both thinkers, Karatani’s transcritical readings discover the ethical roots of socialism maratani Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and a Kantian critique of money in Marx’s Capital.


This page was last edited on 4 Juneat Even though analytically independent, the value form of money allowed the forging of the synthesis of the modern capitalistic nation-state. The problem of aesthetic taste in the Third Critique thus leads to an Antinomy, formally parallel to the Antinomies karstani the First Critique.

Published by Mit Press first published In aesthetic judgment, singularity communicates with universality without any intermediate terms. Much of Karatani’s chapters on Marx are devoted to arguing for this articulation while correcting much simpler readings of Marx as perpetuated by Engels.

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Patrik Pettersson rated it liked it Jun 24, Emre rated it it was amazing Nov 18, Paperbackpages. Similarly, each thinker is taken to exemplify this approach on his own. This time around, about ten years later, I ate this book up.

If you’re on the fence about this book I would recommend reading it. Sense perceptions and other experiences already have a certain framework or structure. Karatani has produced philosophical concepts, such as “the will to architecture transccritique, but the best-known of them is probably that of “Transcritique”, which he proposed in his book Transcritqiuewhere he reads Kant through Marx and vice versa.

Transcritique on Kant and Marx. For Kant, we have empiricism and metaphysics suspending the transcendental apperception. Instead, each aesthetic judgment is a uniuqe; each one makes a claim upon others, upon the Other, without being able to appeal to any prior justification in order to back up or enforce this claim.