Category: Philosophy

Phenomenology or Deconstruction?: The Question of Ontology in Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricoeur and Jean-Luc Nancy

By Christopher Watkin

Phenomenology or Deconstruction? demanding situations conventional understandings of the connection among phenomenology and deconstruction via new readings of the paintings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Paul Ricur and Jean-Luc Nancy. a continuing discussion with Jacques Derrida's engagement with phenomenological topics presents the impetus to setting up a brand new realizing of 'being' and 'presence' that exposes major blindspots inherent in conventional readings of either phenomenology and deconstruction. In reproducing neither a inventory phenomenological response to deconstruction nor the regimen deconstructive examining of phenomenology, Christopher Watkin presents a clean evaluate of the chances for the way forward for phenomenology, besides a brand new examining of the deconstructive legacy. via exact stories of the philosophy of Merleau-Ponty, Ricur and Nancy, he indicates how a phenomenological culture a lot wider and richer than Husserlian or Heideggerean idea by myself can take account of Derrida's critique of ontology and but nonetheless carry a dedication to the ontological.

This new examining of being and presence essentially re-draws our knowing of the relation of deconstruction and phenomenology, and gives the 1st sustained dialogue of the chances and difficulties for any destiny 'deconstructive phenomenology'.

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Life's Dominion: An Argument About Abortion, Euthanasia, and Individual Freedom

By Ronald Dworkin

One of many country's such a lot exotic students offers a brilliantly unique method of the dual dilemmas of abortion and euthanasia, displaying why they arouse such volcanic controversy and the way we as a society can reconcile our values of existence and person liberty.

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The Passion of Infinity: Kierkegaard, Aristotle and the Rebirth of Tragedy (Kierkegaard Studies. Monograph)

The eagerness of Infinity generates a ancient narrative surrounding the concept that of the irrational as a chance which rational tradition has made a sequence of makes an attempt to appreciate and relieve. It starts with a examining of Sophocles Oedipus because the paradigmatic determine of a cause that, having transgressed its mortal restrict, turns into catastrophically reversed. It then strikes via Aristotles ethics, psychology and concept of tragedy, which redefine purposes collapses in moral-psychological instead of spiritual phrases. by way of altering the way the irrational is conceived, and the character of its relation to cause, Aristotle removes the idea that of an irrationality which cause can't in precept dissolve. The booklet culminates in an in depth analyzing of Kierkegaards pseudonyms, who, in a serious retrieval of either Greek tragedy and Aristotle, prescribe their it seems that pathological age a paradoxical job: increase a finite type of subjectivity keen to suffer an unthinkable proposal let the transcendence of a god to go into into the brain in addition to the marrow, to make a sad visual appeal within which a restrict to the immanence of human cause can back be confirmed.

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Ontological Politics in a Disposable World: The New Mastery of Nature (Theory, Technology and Society)

This e-book explores the intertwining of politics and ontology, laying off mild at the ways that, as our skill to enquire, control, applicable, ’enhance’ and break fabric fact have built, so new social medical money owed of nature and our dating with it have emerged, including new different types of strength. enticing with state of the art social concept and elaborating at the considered Foucault, Heidegger, Adorno and Agamben, the writer demonstrates that the convergence of ontology with politics isn't really easily an highbrow endeavour of growing to be import, but in addition a governmental perform which builds upon neoliberal programmes, the renewed accumulation of capital and the advance of technosciences in parts comparable to weather switch, geoengineering and biotechnology. With shifts in our debts of nature have come new technique of learning it, giving upward thrust to unheard of types of exploitation and destruction - with similar varieties of social domination. within the gentle of starting to be social inequalities, environmental degradation and source appropriation and commodification, Ontological Politics in a Disposable international: the hot Mastery of Nature finds the necessity for brand new serious frameworks and oppositional practices, to problem the rationality of presidency that lies at the back of those advancements: a rationality that flourishes on indeterminacy and an account of materiality as produced from fluid, ever-changing states, concurrently agential and pliable, to which social concept more and more subscribes with no wondering sufficient its underpinnings and implications. A theoretically subtle reassessment of the connection among ontology and politics, which attracts the contours of a renewed humanism to permit for a extra harmonious courting with the realm, this e-book will entice students in social and political conception, environmental sociology, geography, technological know-how and know-how reviews and modern ecu concept at the fabric global.

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How to Read Kierkegaard (How to Read)

By John D. Caputo

Intent upon letting the reader adventure the excitement and highbrow stimulation in interpreting vintage authors, the How to Read sequence will facilitate and improve your realizing of texts important to the canon.

Soren Kierkegaard is likely one of the prophets of the modern age, a guy whose acute observations on sleek eu existence could have been written the day past, whose paintings expected basic advancements in psychoanalysis, philosophy, theology, and the critique of mass tradition by means of greater than a century.

John D. Caputo deals a compelling account of Kierkegaard as a philosopher of specific relevance in our postmodern occasions, who trigger a revolution that counts Martin Heidegger and Jacques Derrida between its heirs. His conceptions of fact as a self-transforming “deed” and his haunting account of the “single person” appear to have been written specially with us in mind.

Extracts comprise Kierkegaard’s vintage examining of the tale of Abraham and Isaac, the innovative thought that fact is subjectivity, and his groundbreaking research of recent bourgeois life.

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Heroes: From Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar to Churchill and de Gaulle (P.S.)

By Paul Johnson

A galaxy of mythical figures from the annals of Western history

In this enlightening and interesting paintings, Paul Johnson, the bestselling writer of Intellectuals and Creators, ways the topic of heroism with stirring examples of fellows and girls from all ages, stroll of lifestyles, and nook of the planet who've encouraged and reworked not just their very own cultures however the complete international in addition.

Heroes comprises:

Samson, Judith, and Deborah • Henry V and Joan of Arc • Elizabeth I and Walter Raleigh • George Washington, the Duke of Wellington, and Lord Nelson • Emily Dickinson • Abraham Lincoln and Robert E. Lee • Mae West and Marilyn Monroe • Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II

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The Marquis de Sade: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)

By John Phillips

This ebook introduces the Marquis de Sade as author and thinker to new readers, delivering concise yet complete surveys of his such a lot debatable works, in line with modern theoretical techniques. the fashion is full of life and available with no sacrificing element or depth.

An introductory bankruptcy discusses Sade's existence and the hyperlinks among that and his paintings. counting on the numerous letters he wrote to his spouse and legal professional from legal and on different genuine, modern proof, it makes an attempt to disentangle this existence from a number of the myths that Sade's demonic recognition has engendered during the 19th and 20th centuries. This preliminary bankruptcy additionally studies the severe corpus or reception of the paintings for the reason that Sade's occasions as much as the current, and reassesses his prestige as an extra-canonical author. the next six chapters supply vast insurance of Sade's major highbrow and artistic actions, displaying how all may be visible because the expression of a veritable cult of the physique, a veneration of the actual, and the sexual as channels of transcendence.

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Kant in 60 Minuten (German Edition)

Immanuel Kant gilt als der bedeutendste Philosoph aller Zeiten. Tatsächlich machte er im 18. Jahrhundert zwei große Entdeckungen, die uns bis heute in Atem halten. Zum einem begründete er den weltweit gültigen ‚kategorischen Imperativ', zum anderen gelang es ihm als erstem Philosophen überhaupt, die uralte Menschheitsfrage zu beantworten, wie in unserem Gehirn Erkenntnisse zu Stande kommen. In seinem Hauptwerk, der ‚Kritik der reinen Vernunft', untersuchte er auf über tausend Seiten die Funktionsweise des menschlichen Denkapparates. Er stellte die kritische Frage: used to be kann der Mensch überhaupt mit Sicherheit erkennen und used to be nicht? Daran arbeitete er wie ein Besessener. Nach eleven Jahren gab er der Menschheit seine Antwort und die hatte es in sich. Unsere Vernunft, so Kant, ist nur in der Lage, das mit Sicherheit zu erkennen, used to be wir zuvor auch mit unseren fünf Sinnen gesehen, gehört, gerochen, geschmeckt oder ertastet haben. Deshalb kann guy beispielsweise Gott weder erkennen noch beweisen, da er keinen Körper und keine Anschauung hat. Kant gab damit den Forschern erstmals ein sensationell einfaches und perfektes logisches Instrumentarium an die Hand, das bis heute Gültigkeit hat und alle Ergebnisse weltweit vergleichbar macht. Jede Theorie, so intestine sie auch sein magazine, muss immer, so Kant, durch Anschauungen, additionally beispielsweise durch wiederholbare Experimente beweisbar sein. In seinem zweiten Hauptwerk der „Kritik der praktischen Vernunft" machte er den ebenso unbescheidenen Versuch, ein für alle Mal die Frage zu beantworten, wie der Mensch am besten handeln soll. Gibt es einen Maßstab für ethisch korrektes Handeln? Auch hier kam er zu einer spektakulären Antwort, die bis heute auf der ganzen Welt Aufsehen erregt. Das Buch „Kant in 60 Minuten" erklärt die beiden Hauptwerke Kants auf lebendige Weise anhand von über achtzig zentralen Zitaten und vielen Beispielen. Im Kapitel „Was nützt uns Kants Entdeckung heute?" wird dann die enorme Bedeutung seiner Gedanken für uns

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Lectures on the History of Philosophy, Volume 1: Greek Philosophy to Plato

By Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

G. W. F. Hegel (1770–1831), the influential German thinker, believed that human historical past used to be advancing spiritually and morally in response to God’s objective. initially of this masterwork, Hegel writes: “What the heritage of Philosophy indicates us is a succession of noble minds, a gallery of heroes of inspiration, who, via the ability of cause, have penetrated into the being of items, of nature and of spirit, into the Being of God, and feature gained for us by means of their labours the top treasure, the treasure of reasoned knowledge.”
In his advent to this Bison booklet variation, Frederick C. Beiser notes the advanced and debatable heritage of Hegel’s textual content. He makes a case that this English-language translation by means of E. S. Haldane and Frances H. Simson continues to be the main trustworthy one.

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On the Good Life (Penguin Classics)

By Marcus Tullius Cicero

For the nice Roman orator and statesman Cicero, 'the stable lifestyles' used to be right now a lifetime of contentment and one in all ethical advantage - and the 2 have been inescapably intertwined. This quantity brings jointly quite a lot of his reflections upon the significance of ethical integrity within the look for happiness. In essays which are articulate, meditative and inspirational, Cicero offers his perspectives upon the importance of friendship and responsibility to country and kin, and descriptions a transparent approach of useful ethics that's right now basic and common. those works provide a undying mirrored image upon the human , and a desirable perception into the brain of 1 of the best thinkers of historic Rome.

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