On Philosophy: Notes from a Crisis

On Philosophy: Notes from a Crisis

John McCumber


Deepening divisions separate state-of-the-art philosophers, first, from the tradition at huge; then, from one another; and at last, from philosophy itself. although those divisions are likely to coalesce publicly as debates over the Enlightenment, their roots lie a lot deeper. Overcoming them therefore calls for a war of words with the complete of Western philosophy. in basic terms once we discover the unusual history of Aristotle's metaphysics, as remodeled, for instance, by means of Descartes and Kant, do we comprehend modern philosophy's lack of ability to discussion with girls, humans of colour, LGBTs, and different minority teams. purely once we have understood that lack of ability will we see how the concept of Hegel and Heidegger comprises the seeds of a therapy. And simply whilst armed with the sort of treatment can philosophy upward thrust to the demanding situations posed by way of thinkers equivalent to David Foster Wallace and Abraham Lincoln. The book's interpretations of those figures and others prior and current are as scrupulous as its conclusions should be debatable. the outcome contributes to crucial query confronting us this day: does cause itself have a future?

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