Style, Politics and the Future of Philosophy

Style, Politics and the Future of Philosophy

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Why did the two most influential philosophers in the twentieth century, Ludwig Wittgenstein and Martin Heidegger, write in such a curious fashion that they confused a whole generation of disciples and created a cottage industry for a second generation in the interpretation of their works? Do those curious writing strategies have a philosophical signif- icance? How does philosophical style reflect attitudes to society and politics or bear significance for the social sciences? Is politics one type of human activity among many other independent ones as the classical modem political theorists from Hobbes and Machiavelli onwards have thought, or is it part and parcel of all of the activities into which an animal that speaks enters? How could the latter be elucidated? If politics arises from legitimate disputes about meanings, what does this imply for current cultural debates? for the so-called social sciences? above all, for that cultural conversation which some consider to be the destiny of philosophy in the wake of the demise of foundationalism? These are a few of the most important questions which led me to the critical confrontation and reflections in the essays collected below.
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  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 155.96 x 233.93 x 19.05mm | 1,288.2g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1989 ed.
  • XVI, 280 p.
  • 0792300564
  • 9780792300564

Table of contents

I. Style and Idea in the Later Heidegger: Rhetoric, Politics and Philosophy.- II. Nyiri on the Conservatism of Wittgenstein's Later Philosophy.- III. Wittgenstein, Marx and Sociology.- IV. On Edification and Cultural Conversation: A Critique of Rorty.- V. Towards a Wittgensteinian Metaphysics of the Political.- VI. Culture, Controversy and the Human Studies.- VII. The Politics of Conciliation.- VIII. Discussing Technology - Breaking the Ground.- IX. Socialization is Creative Because Creativity is Social.- X. Myth and Certainty.- XI. Self-Deception, Naturalism and Certainty: Prolegomena to a Critical Hermeneutics.- XII. Psychoanalysis: Science, Literature or Art?.- XIII. Between Enlightenment and Counter-Enlightenment: The Self-Critical Rationalism of G. C. Lichtenberg.- XIV. Tacit Knowledge, Working Life and Scientific Method.- XV. Paradigms, Politics and Persuasion: Sociological Aspects of Musical Controversy.- Afterword with Acknowledgements.- Index of Names.
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