[lit-ideas] Re: Kant and the politics of debt relief

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 05:58:17 +0100

On the issue of debt I would recommend David Graeber The Debt - the first
5000 years. Unfortunately much of what is being written on 'economy' tends
to be boring but this is an excellent multidisciplinary book that combines
economics, history, philosophy and anthropology.


On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:41 AM, Phil Enns <phil.enns@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Here
> <http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2015/02/20/greeces-foreign-minister-is-talking-kant-not-cant/>
>  is
> a link to an article that, using references to the Groundwork of the
> Metaphysics of Morals and Perpetual Peace, gives a possible explanation of
> why the Greek finance minister recently mentioned Kant.
> I am currently teaching an upper level undergraduate seminar course, and
> we just finished reading selections from the first critique. As one would
> expect, students struggled with both the language and the ideas, but as we
> were half way through, they wanted to know why any of this mattered. I told
> them to be patient and wait. Sure enough, when we started to talk about
> ideas of reason, how Kant's big three of self, world and God function as
> schemata for organizing, not experience, but ideas, a number of the
> students had 'a-ha' moments. Since several of the students are Econ majors,
> this article has inspired me to also discuss the idea of economy as another
> way of helping students understand Kant's argument.
> Slowly thawing on the steppe,
> Phil Enns

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