Monday, May 31, 2010
Lee Braver's A Thing of This World: A History of Continental Anti-Realism reviewed in NDPR.
the later Heidegger's abandonment of truth as correspondence in favor of aletheia or "unconcealment" enables him to also abandon realism of the subject, and so to leave the Kantian paradigm behind in establishing the Heideggerian paradigm: "In his later work, Heidegger places everything within history; there is nothing essential and self-same that transcends historical change." There is no Cartesian ego, no Kantian self; "for anyone who wishes to escape the subject-centered philosophy of the Kantian Paradigm, later Heidegger is the unavoidable thinker". This is how Heidegger established "the first genuinely non-Kantian position in the continental tradition" and why the later Heidegger is of such great importance to the development of continental thought. For Braver, Heidegger's abandonment of truth as some sort of correspondence, and of the underlying picture of thought/assertion relating to objective states-of-affairs, is "a new beginning in the history of Western thought". He goes on to say that this is why "recent continental philosophy can appear so strange: it operates outside of assumptions that have widely been considered necessary for all discourse," and aptly refers to Searle as an example of philosophers who resist the Heideggerian shift.
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