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 Post subject: Political Time?
PostPosted: October 21st, 2007 23:25:22 pm 

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Space and time are Kant's conditions of possibility of experience. Foucault tries to destabilize the Kantian project by arguing that the transcendental subject is the condition of possibility by which Kant can state his conditions of possibility. He historicizes subjectivity, and argues that this problematizes Kant.

I don't think that this really upsets the notions of space and time, though. Even if you can only posit space and time as conditions of possibility from the standpoint of an historical subjectivity, you're still positing space and time. You can't get away from them unless you alter your perception or subjectivity in a quite literally unthinkable (uncognizable?) way.

So, my question: does an acknowledgement of the unassailability of Kant's conditions of possibility have any political implications? By agreeing that we perceive the world spatially and ourselves temporally, are we limiting our political agency in some way? If this is the case, how do you destabilize the conditions of possibility?

I'm thinking Heidegger. Or drugs. Lots of drugs.


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 Post subject: Re: Political Time?
PostPosted: December 26th, 2008 01:58:37 am 
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You know, the saying "a week is a long time in politics" is attributed to Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister 1964-70 and 74-76. And he also coined the phrase "gnomes of Zurich", sort of.

And he asked:
Why am I here?
And the reply came back:
Where else should you be?

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