Kiss me, K…

Engendering judgement in Kant’s first Critique and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew 1

Authored by: Jennifer Ann Bates

The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy

Print publication date:  October  2018
Online publication date:  October  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936126
eBook ISBN: 9781315677019
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In Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason , the structure of engendering judgments brackets metaphysics, and within the scope of reason gives order to the manifold of appearances; it abstracts from emotion, and makes (a) room (of one’s own) for the autonomous enlightenment subject. However, Kant’s Anthropology puts a male gaze in power. By looking at how Kant en-genders judgment, I question whether this structure can be made to tame its own male misogynist hysteria.

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