This work sets out to perform a psychoanalytic inversion of transcendental philosophy, taking Kant's synthetic a priori judgments and reading them in terms of a foreclosed Kantian category, that of the analytic ""a posteriori"". Working primarily out of Freudian and Lacanian problematics, the author not only subjects Kantian thought to psychoanalytic questioning, but also develops a systematic critique of metapsychology itself, disclosing and assessing its own paralogisms, antinomies, ideal, and ethics. In this way, the work provides a reflection on the tensions between the Enlightenment project of critique and psychoanalytic theory.
Andrew Cutrofello is associate professor of philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago. He is the author of Discipline and Critique: Kant, Poststructuralism, and the Problem of Resistance and The Owl at Dawn: A Sequel to Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit.