Abstract: In many parts of the contemporary, post-modernised social sciences Kant is often seen as an enemy: part of the ‘axis of evil’ of Enlightenment philosophers that also comprises fundamentalists such as Descartes and Hegel. Just like his fellow Enlightenment totalitarians, Kant is usually represented as a philosopher of the Universal and Transcendental, and his work is often associated with terms such as Homogeneity, Reason, Rationality and Modernity – words that have attained a truly evil status in our post-modern era that is said to be characterised by difference, emotions and smoothness. Did Kant not aim to establish the Universal of Knowledge? Is he not the philosopher of Pure Reason? And was his project not geared towards Universal ethical rules that would regulate – once and for all – our moral activities?
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