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New Release: Ernesto Mayz Vallenilla, “Kant and the Problem of Nothingness” (Bloomsbury, 2024)

New Release: "Kant and the Problem of Nothingness" (Bloomsbury, 2024)

We are glad to give notice of the book Kant and the Problem of Nothingness. A Latin American Study and Critique, by Ernesto Mayz Vallenilla, translated by Addison Ellis (Bloomsbury, 2024).

From the publisher’s website:

The Latin American philosopher Ernesto Mayz Vallenilla published the first study of Kant’s concept of nothingness in 1965. This translation of Mayz Vallenilla’s ground-breaking work makes it available in English for the first time.

Mayz Vallenilla’s interpretation is deeply informed by Heidegger’s reading of Kant, against the background of the early 20th century neo-Kantian tradition. He offers a detailed interpretation and critique of “nothing” as it appears in the Amphiboly chapter of the Critique of Pure Reason and presents an analysis of Kant’s Table of Nothing which understands temporality as the horizon of all possible cognition[AE1] , including cognition of real nothings.

Accompanied by translator’s notes and a glossary, Addison Ellis’ translation includes extensive commentary and an introduction providing historical context and references to the original sources in German. He preserves key terminology and phrasing from the original text and allows an often-neglected connection to be made between the Kantian tradition in Latin America and the tradition in the Anglophone world.

Table of contents:

Translator’s Introduction by Addison Ellis
Spanish-English Glossary

Kant and the Problem of Nothingness: A Latin American Study and Critique
Ernesto Mayz Vallenilla


1. Nothingness and the Ens Rationis
2. Nothingness and the Nihil Privativum
3. Nothingness and the Ens Imaginarium
4. Nothingness and the Nihil Negativum

Translator’s Notes
Name and Subject Index

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