Kant's Copernican Revolution [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 42 (2):375-376 (1988)

Ermanno Bencivenga offers us an interpretation of what he calls "Kant's Copernican Revolution" in philosophy. He proposes to illuminate the celebrated obscurity of the Critique by suggesting that it is neither the result of the complicated theory nor of the literary imperfections of the author. Rather, it is the result of the peculiar "revolution" which Kant sought to effect. On Bencivenga's account, Kant wrote the Critique when he was in the middle of a process of fighting against "old modes of expression and old canons of understanding." Thus, the obscurity is a consequence of the new and not fully worked-out language which Kant employs to convey the meaning of this conceptual revolution.
Keywords Catholic Tradition  Contemporary Philosophy  General Interest
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