Husserl, Heidegger and the Crisis of Philosophical Responsibility

Husserl, Heidegger and the Crisis of Philosophical Responsibility

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This volume sheds light upon the omnipresent discussion of 'crisis' in our times by returning to the thought of the two philosophers upon which much of this talk is consciously (or unconsciously) based, namely, Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. By tracing the narrative of the 'crisis' from Husserl's early treatment of arithmetic and logic through to Heidegger's meditations on the essence of technology, the author not only proposes a unified reading of both Husserl's and Heidegger's work, but points to important elements of the often underplayed continuity between these phenomenologists. At the same time, the concept of 'crisis' also illustrates the difference between Husserl and Heidegger. Though both define the crisis as one of 'forgetting', and both view this 'forgetting' as a matter of philosophical responsibility, essential divergence emerges in their interpretation of this phenomenon. Three questions uncover these points of convergence and divergence. First, does not the 'forgetfulness' reveal itself as a type of felix culpa, a necessary decay that now reveals itself in a positive light, indeed, as the precondition of history itself?
Second, what is presupposed when the subjects is held responsible for forgetting? Third, what are the political consequences of such 'crisis'-philosophy? This last question allows access not only to hidden political aspects of Husserl's thought, but opens a further perspective for considering Heidegger's overt political activities.
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  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 632g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands, United States
  • English
  • XXII, 298 p.
  • 0792316339
  • 9780792316336

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Part 1 Husserl and the crisis as loss: Husserl's description of the crisis; the genesis of the crisis; the "crisis" as "Leitmotiv" of Husserl's thought; the overcoming of the crisis of forgetting; the limits of responsibility. Part 2 Heidegger and the crisis as possibility: Heidegger's account of the crisis; fundamental ontology and the crisis as paradox; philosophical responsibility in the age of technology.
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