Intersubjectivity and alterity in the works of Kant





Intersubjectivity, alterity, Kant, sensus communis, hospitality, public sphere, enlarged way of thinking


In her text ‘Intersubjectivity and Alterity in Kant’, Marita Rainsborough addresses the question of intersubjectivity
and alterity in Kant in its epistemological, ethical, aesthetic and political dimensions and notes that Kantian theorems such as
e.g. ‘pluralism’, ‘extended mode of thought’, ‘unsociable sociability’, ‘public sphere’, ‘world public sphere’, ‘sensus communis’,
‘publicity’, ‘hospitality’ as well as basic epistemological, ethical and aesthetic assumptions offer fundamental starting points for
understanding Kant with regard to the aspects of intersubjectivity and alterity, whereby the intrasubjective dimension must
be thought of as connected to the intersubjective dimension. Intersubjectivity turns out to be anchored in different areas and
at different levels in Kant’s philosophy, but remains an inter-subjectivity. The otherness of the Other also has its place in this.
However, it becomes clear that although Kant does justice to the otherness of the Other from the approach on the theoretical
level, but not in his evaluative categorisations and hierarchisations that can often be found. One must join Kant in thinking
beyond Kant.


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Biografia do Autor


 Marita Rainsborough is an adjunct professor (PD) who teaches at the Institute of Philosophy and Art History, Leuphana University Lüneburg and at the Institute of Romance Studies, Kiel University. She obtained a doctorate from the University of Hamburg with a thesis on the constitution of the subject in literature and achieved the rank of professor with a book on Michel Foucault. Her new book explores the intercultural dialogue of contemporary African philosophy with Immanuel Kant and Michel Foucault. She has been a visiting professor at various universities in Brazil (UNESP, UNICAMP, UFBA) and Portugal (ULisboa). In addition to this, she is an associate member of the University of Lisbon’s Centre of Philosophy (CFUL); co-editor of the journal “Estudos Kantianos”, Brazil and a participant in the international project “Cosmopolitanism: Justice, Democracy and Citizenship without Borders”. Her research - based on the concept of intercultural philosophy - focuses on investigating the overlap between contemporary French and African philosophy and the legacy of the classic German philosophy of Kant and Hegel.




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RAINSBOROUGH, M. (2023). Intersubjectivity and alterity in the works of Kant. Estudos Kantianos [EK], 11(1), 73.



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