Friday, July 02, 2010
At NDPR Drew Christie reviews Joseph Margolis's Pragmatism's Advantage: American and European Philosophy at the End of the Twentieth Century.
Where continentals go wrong according to Margolis is in trying to hold on to the Kantian ideal of philosophy as the queen of the sciences. They practice an "overinflated extranaturalism". Apfel's and Habermas's transcendental arguments are heavily critiqued for transcendental pretentions which are presented as of a piece with Kant's giving transcendental proofs of Euclidean geometry. Many pages are devoted to challenging Husserl's claims to apodictic certainty. Margolis writes that after the Kehr Heidegger is "stubbornly committed to the revelatory powers of Sein, or Being, possibly of an even deeper power". Just as analytics will be upset to find themselves labeled "scientistic," continentals will be equally disturbed to find themselves branded "anti-naturalist." While some analytics will find the charge applicable to Husserl and Heidegger, the accusation makes no sense concerning such figures as Beauvoir, Foucault or Adorno.
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