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Tracing Global Democracy by Vladimir Biti

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9 The All-Devouring Modern Mind: Bakhtin’s Cosmopolitan Self

9.1 Confronting mind with self-displacing life

Bakhtin’s first reading of Kant is usually associated with his time as a student at Petersburg University, during which Neo-Kantianism was a widespread phenomenon among Russian university teachers. Subsequently, he continued to be involved in intense philosophical debates in intellectual circles in Nevel and Vitebsk. At the time, he was strongly influenced by Matvei Isaevich Kagan, who returned to Russia in 1918 after studying in Marburg with the prominent NeoKantian philosopher Hermann Cohen. Cohen unilaterally emphasized the transcendental aspects of Kant’s complex synthesis between the world and the mind. He concentrated on a priori ...

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