Conformity to Law in Kant’s 3rd Critique
Assoc Prof Justin Clemens (University of Melbourne)

April 24, 2012, 4:30pm - 6:00pm
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

221 Burwood Highway
Melbourne 3125


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Immanuel Kant is often held to have created the very epitome of a juridical philosophy, in which reason is established as a tribunal and the problem of judgement is concomitantly preeminent. This situation would be exemplified by the very title of the 3rd Critique: Critique of Judgement. My position is very different from this. It is precisely because Kant seeks to find a space that is not determined by the law that he so strenuously attends to it, and in the 3rd Critique he discerns a new kind of judgement that is at once utterly in conformity to law and yet nonetheless exceeds it.

Justin Clemens is Lecturer in English at the University of Melbourne. He is also the author of The Romanticism of Contemporary Theory (Ashgate, 2003) and, with D. Pettman, of Avoiding the Subject (Amsterdam UP, 2004). He is also the co-editor of: Alain Badiou: Key Concepts (Acumen, 2010, with Adam Bartlett), The Praxis of Alain Badiou (, 2006, with Adam Bartlett and Paul Ashton), and Alain Badiou, Infinite Thought: Truth and the Return of Philosophy (Continuum, 2003, with Oliver Feltham).

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