Omri Boehm (Ph.D. Yale, 2009) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His books include The Binding of Isaac: A Religious Model of Disobedience (Continuum, 2007) and, more recently, Kant’s Critique of Spinoza (OUP, 2014). He is currently writing a book on Descartes.



Thinking, Obedience, Revolution

Kant’s 1784 motto of Enlightenment is well known. He does not merely say, Think for yourself!; but, rather: Think as much as you please, but obey! Drawing on Kant’s third Critique account of genius, Boehm offers a reinterpretation of Kant’s understanding of the relation between thought and obedience. It will turn out that on Kant’s mature account of what Enlightenment is, Selbstdenken, is only possible by having the courage to follow the guidance of another. This paradoxically-sounding proposition in turn explains Kant’s paradoxically-sounding enthusiasm about the French Revolution.

Time: 11 pm
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