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Image of Book Front Cover Title: Heinrich von Kleist : Writing after Kant
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer
Author: Mehigan, Tim
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Dewey: 838.609
Pub. Date: 01 December 2011
eBook ISBN: 1571137858
Print ISBN: 1571135189
Product ID: 797557
Language: English
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The question of Kleist's reading and reception of Kant has never been satisfactorily answered. The present study pursues this question in light of Kant's rising importance for the humanities, arguing not only that Kleist was influenced by Kant, but also that he may be understood as a Kantian. It approaches Kleist not only as a writer, but also as a thinker, albeit one who conveys his thought through the locutions of fiction and the essay. Kleist thus becomes visible for the first time as an original contributor to post-Kantian thought.

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INTRODUCTION: Kleist and the Problem of Self-Consciousness

Part I. Reason

1: Kleist’s “Kant Crisis” and Its Consequences

2: “Betwixt a false reason and none at all”: Kleist and Skepticism

3: On the Excluded Middle in Penthesilea

4: Heinrich von Kleist’s Concept of Law, with Special Reference to “Michael Kohlhaas”

Part II. Agreement

5: “Über das Marionettentheater”

6: The Narrative Paradigm: Text as Contract

7: “Die Marquise von O. . .”: The Marriage Contract

8: “Michael Kohlhaas”: Death and the Contract

Part III. Inference and Judgment

9: “Der Donnerkeil des Mirabeau”: Kleist’s Essay “Über die allmähliche Verfertigung der Gedanken beim Reden”

10: Kleist’s Fiction from a Game-Theoretical Perspective: “Die Verlobung in St. Domingo” as an Example

11: The Process of Inferential Contexts: Franz Kafka Reading Heinrich von Kleist