On Philosophy: Notes from a Crisis

On Philosophy: Notes from a Crisis

John McCumber


Deepening divisions separate contemporary philosophers, first, from the tradition at huge; then, from one another; and eventually, from philosophy itself. even though those divisions are inclined to coalesce publicly as debates over the Enlightenment, their roots lie a lot deeper. Overcoming them hence calls for a disagreement with the complete of Western philosophy. merely after we discover the unusual historical past of Aristotle's metaphysics, as remodeled, for instance, by way of Descartes and Kant, do we comprehend modern philosophy's lack of ability to discussion with ladies, humans of colour, LGBTs, and different minority teams. in simple terms after we have understood that lack of ability will we see how the concept of Hegel and Heidegger includes the seeds of a therapy. And simply whilst armed with this type of treatment can philosophy upward push to the demanding situations posed through thinkers equivalent to David Foster Wallace and Abraham Lincoln. The book's interpretations of those figures and others previous and current are as scrupulous as its conclusions should be arguable. the end result contributes to crucial query confronting us this present day: does cause itself have a future?

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