Sunday, August 01, 2010
Paul Ennis responds to Peter Gratton, in the first issue of Speculations.
Peter Gratton: how would you define realism for a phenomenologist like yourself, since as you suggest Heidegger can’t discuss the “independence” of things…

Paul Ennis: I think a major problem is the temptation to fit people into neat categories. We argue endlessly as to whether Hegel is an idealist or Derrida is a realist…It can be interesting but with a thinker like Heidegger it is not a case of discovering whether he a realist or an idealist because he is simply not engaged in that kind of debate. He has a very peculiar, singular direction and it is foremost an ontological rather than an epistemological issue.
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