Kant’s Conception of Free Play in Terms of Universality Problem and Its Critical Interpretation in Derridian Philosophy. First Paper: Implications of the Theme of Universal in «Free Play of Cognitive Powers» Conception of Immanuel Kant
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free play, transcendental universality, imagination, understanding, cognition, «als ob-objectivity»

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Ilyina, A. (2019). Kant’s Conception of Free Play in Terms of Universality Problem and Its Critical Interpretation in Derridian Philosophy. First Paper: Implications of the Theme of Universal in «Free Play of Cognitive Powers» Conception of Immanuel Kant. Multiversum. Philosophical Almanac, (3-4), 74-118. https://doi.org/10.35423/2078-8142.2019.3-4.05


Paper investigates Kantian conception of free play of cognitive powers – imagination and understanding – from the perspective of transcendental universality problem. In regard to Kant’s philosophical system generally, a universalizing capacity of third «Critique» is pointed, one of main topic of which is the free play problem. Essential characteristics of author’s thematization of transcendental universalism are explicated as such that are based on principles of relation and difference and are concerned with a constitution of the order of hyper-universality. The author uncovers and analyses the parameters of universality implicated by a conception of free play. It is demonstrated in what way the initial universality of transcendental imagination turns out to be both challenged and hyperbolized in the course of the free play. The ambivalent position of the free play towards cognition is investigated. A concept of «als ob-cognition» is introduced to grasp the universalistic implications of «cognition in general», which is pertinent to the free play cognitive mode. A certain asymmetry between imagination and understanding in terms of free play is found out, namely, priority of the latter. The author explores inherent to the free play subjective universality and lays bare its intersubjective and quasi-objective premises. A concept of «als ob-objectivity» is employed, which designates the tendency towards universalization of universality itself and marks a universal dimension on the border of subjective and objective. It is noted that the importance of the problem of free play as one of the fundamental subjects of Kantian aesthetics is not limited to the framework of Kantian transcendentalism. Thematization and analysis of important aspects of the problem of universality, implied by the concept of free play, makes it possible to assert the general (universal) significance of the latter within the constitution of the transcendental discourse of universality in general and needs further study.

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