Between Truth and Illusion: Kant at the Crossroads of Modernity

Predrag Cicovacki, "Between Truth and Illusion: Kant at the Crossroads of Modernity"
Publisher: Rowman Littlefield Publishers, Inc. | 2002 | ISBN 0742513750 | File type: PDF | 240 pages | 4.7 mb

"The central questions of this book are: what is truth?," and "why do we value truth so highly?" Predrag Cicovacki approaches them not as isolated questions but as being closely related to what Kant considered to be the ultimate philosophical concern, i.e., what it means to be a human being. Cicovacki carefully analyzes Kant's own contribution to this discussion and finds that he was deeply involved in the systematic development of the modern anthropocentric orientation toward liberation and dominance of the subject. On the other hand, modernity's high ideal of universal scientific and moral progress turned out to be illusory and ill-conceived. However, when Kant was not embracing the ideal of modernity, he made several important observations about inherent limitations of the modernist project. This is Cicovacki's focus, and he develops and interactive conception of truth from it. Truth, he says, presupposes neither a dominance of subject or object, but their dynamic and reciprocal interactive relation. The absence of proper interactions leads to various forms of self-projections or illusions. Truth, by contract, exists in a harmonious interaction between its subjective and objective elements. Cicovacki thus locates the value of truth between traditional absolutist claims and contemporary relativism."

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