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This essay introduces the problem of the double by addressing its role and play in philosophy, focusing on two exemplary figures, Plato and Kant, whose metaphysical bifurcations secure philosophical necessity but at the cost of this world. This Plato/Kant section will occupy the vast bulk of the essay. Then, with reference to other writers and to other configurations, the remainder of this essay/chapter will provide an initial indication of the wilder and darker side of the double, which will be pursued in later chapters of the book.

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