The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence

The Modern Philosophical Revolution: The Luminosity of Existence

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David Walsh
Cambridge University Press, 11/30/2008
EAN 9780521727631, ISBN10: 0521727634

Paperback, 518 pages, 22.7 x 15.2 x 3.1 cm
Language: English

The Modern Philosophical Revolution breaks new ground by demonstrating the continuity of European philosophy from Kant to Derrida. Much of the literature on European philosophy has emphasised the breaks that have occurred in the course of two centuries of thinking. But as David Walsh argues, such a reading overlooks the extent to which Kant, Hegel, and Schelling were already engaged in the turn toward existence as the only viable mode of philosophising. Where many similar studies summarise individual thinkers, this book provides a framework for understanding the relationships between them. Walsh thus dispels much of the confusion that assails readers when they are only exposed to the bewildering range of positions taken by the philosophers he examines. His book serves as an indispensable guide to a philosophical tradition that continues to have resonance in the post-modern world.

1. Kant's 'Copernican Revolution' as existential
2. Hegel's inauguration of the language of existence
3. Schelling on the beyond of existence
4. Nietzsche
philosophy as existence
5. Heidegger's achievement despite the betrayal of philosophic existence
6. Existence without refuge as the response of Levinas
7. Derrida's dissemination of existence as difference
8. Kierkegaard
the prioritization of existence over philosophy.