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Kant, intoxicated: the aesthetics of drunkenness, between moral duty and “active play” (2022)


This article examines Kant’s overlooked concept of “active play,” as opposed to “free play,” in connection with the influence of the Brunonian system of medicine, both of which, I propose, are central to understanding the broader significance of intoxication in Kant’s post-1795 work. Beginning with a discussion of the late-18th century German reception of Brunonian theory, the idea of vital stimulus, and their importance for Kant, I assess the distinction drawn between gluttony and intoxication in The Metaphysics of Morals and Anthropology from a Practical Point of View. Both are analysed in the context of the Brunonian system of medicine, having establishing Kant’s commitment to the Brunonianism system, as corroborated by Wasianski. What emerges is a novel understanding of intoxication in the work of Immanuel Kant, which brings to light a previously unexamined dynamic between imagination, intoxication, and the aesthetic.

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Authors & Contributors
Aquila, Richard E.
Brook, Andrew
Powell, C. Thomas
Laywine, Alison
Bryushinkin, Vladimir
Wunderlich, Falk
History of Psychiatry
Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie
Topoi: An International Review of Philosophy
Journal of the History of Philosophy
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Cambridge University Press
Clarendon Press
Springer Nature
Philosophy of medicine
Mental disorders and diseases
Mind and body
Kant, Immanuel
Frege, Gottlob
Descartes, René
Cassirer, Ernst
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice
Gall, Franz Joseph
Time Periods
18th century
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
17th century
20th century, late
Great Britain

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