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Yuuki Ohta

Yuuki Ohta

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Area of Interest

philosophy of language, philosophy of religion (hermeneutics, existentialism), philosophy of art, metaphilosophy

Recent Thoughts

In the preface to Sellars' Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind, Rorty describes Sellars' project as "leading analytical philosophy from the Humean stage to the Kantian stage." In order to truly understand the significance of this project, it is first necessary to carefully read Kant's critical philosophy. In the sense that it pursues the limits of thought and human reason's irrepressible thirst for knowledge, it is possible to read his Critique of Pure Reason, published more than one hundred years before the birth of the discipline called "(analytical) philosophy of language," as a forerunner to Wittgenstein's Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus. Paradoxical though it may seem, Kant established sensible intuition, human beings' finite nature, as the limits of cognition in order to make freedom, morality, and faith possible in a transcendental realm (the realm of "the ineffable"). We cannot cognize anything about the transcendental realm, yet it is only in this realm that the "(transcendental) self" obtains the condition for its possibility. The so-called "20th-century/analytical" interpretation of Kant, which began with Strawson's The Bounds of Sense, reads this point as a shortcoming in Kantian philosophy, raising the criticism that transcendental idealism lacks consistency from start to finish. However, my impression is that the real root of the problem is in the tacitly assumed methodological premise, which conceives of this "(transcendental) self" through (a type of Cartesian or early-Husserlian) first-person introspection. Here, if we introduce, for example, a hermeneutical intersubjectivity, it might be possible to explain the deepest aspects of the "self" in terms of the "other." I do not see this problem as merely one of interpreting Kant, but rather as an issue touching core metaphilosophical problems related to the division between analytical and continental philosophy.


  • “Time, Text, and the Self as Self-Affecting Metaphor: Heidegger and Ricœur on the Center of Kant’s Possibility.” The Oculus 7.1 (Spring 2008). 47-72.
  • “Performing Speech Acts: On the Dialogical Structure of Illocutionary Intention.” B.A. thesis. University of Virginia. 2008.

Recent/Ongoing Works

I am currently working on B.Phil. supervision papers on Kant, the Self, limits of thought, the condition of the possibility of moral discourse, aesthetic judgment, etc. under the direction of Dr. Ralph C. S. Walker.

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