Kant, Co-Production, Actuality, and Pedestrian Space: Remarks on the Philosophical Writings of Fred Sandback

  • Juliette KennedyEmail author
Part of the Mathematics, Culture, and the Arts book series (MACUAR)


My mom told me about this Charlie Chaplin film…said she enjoyed a clip of Charlie Chaplin eating an artichoke. Finding himself befuddled at a fancy dinner, he took one leaf off, looked at it, and threw it over his shoulder. And so on through the meal until he got to the lovely heart, he looked at it, and regarded it a little longer and threw it over his shoulder. And at that age when mom told it to me it was still already a potent image of moving on beyond Immanuel Kant and the thing itself and leaving that borderline with Platonism behind in the dust somehow. All right, so much for that.



This paper was first presented at the Institute for Advanced Study in 2011. Subsequently it was presented at a number of other seminars, and I thank those audiences for their questions and comments. This paper was completed whilst the author was a visiting fellow at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences in the programme “Mathematical, Foundational and Computational Aspects of the Higher Infinite” (HIF). I thank the INI for this support as well as the University of Helsinki for their additional support. I also wish to thank Emily Brady, Harry Cooper, David Gray, Alistair Rider and the anonymous referee, whose comments and corrections led to many improvements in the paper. Finally I wish to express my deepest thanks to Amy Sandback for her generosity in welcoming a mathematician’s fascination with the work and writings of Fred Sandback.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland

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