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Images of History: Kant, Benjamin, Freedom, and the Human Subject

Richard Eldridge


Developing work in the theories of action and explanation, this book argues that moral and political philosophers require accounts of what is historically possible, while historians require rough philosophical understandings of ideals that merit reasonable endorsement. Both Immanuel Kant and Walter Benjamin recognize this fact. Each sees a special place for religious consciousness and critical practice in the articulation and revision of ideals that are to have cultural effect, but they differ sharply in the forms of religious-philosophical understanding, cultural criticism, and political prac ... More

Keywords: Kant, Benjamin, history, criticism, religion, politics, ethics, human subject

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190605322
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190605322.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Eldridge, author
Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College