Wednesday, September 11, 2019
In NDPR Hakhamanesh Zangeneh reviews Martin Heidegger's The Question Concerning the Thing: On Kant's Doctrine of the Transcendental Principles, translated by James D. Reid and Benjamin D. Crowe.
The references are first to Galileo and Newton and then, eventually, to Leibniz, Wolff and Baumgarten as representing rationalist metaphysics. In fact, Heidegger claims that a 'mathematical spirit' is the origin of Modern metaphysics as such. He goes on to explicitly reject the characterization of the Modern in terms of Descartes and of subjectivity. Instead, he insists that 'the mathematical' already determines Descartes' entire context and contribution. Indeed, the 'scientific' character of Modernity saturates the determination of the latter in terms of subjectivity. This, again, follows from his conception of the history of truth. Modern philosophy unfolds, according to Heidegger, based on a conception of truth as certitude.
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