The I think and its imaginary unity

  • Jan Völker
Keywords: Kant, Heidegger, Adorno, imagination, unity of the subject


Starting from the question of what it means to read Kant today, the article first considers the transcendental apparatus as causing three problems: that of its change, that of its origin, and that of its unity. The problem of the unity of thought is then referred to the unity of the I think in Kant’s philosophy, a unity that proves to be the fulfilment of its own imaginary. It is Heidegger who grounds his interpretation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason on the imagination, but he thereby stabilises the I think into a moment of being. Adorno then again takes the I think to be a figure of being, and loses the instability of the I think as a void point in the subject. It is in the moment of these excessive over-interpretations that a moment in Kant can be found that is in itself excessive and unsatisfied.


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Völker J. The I think and its imaginary unity. FV [Internet]. 2016Mar.27 [cited 2020May25];36(2). Available from: