By Simon Skempton

ISBN-10: 1441104747

ISBN-13: 9781441104748

ISBN-10: 1847060994

ISBN-13: 9781847060990

Loose Will and Continental Philosophy explores the techniques of free-will and self-determination within the Continental philosophical culture. David Rose examines the ways that Continental philosophy bargains a manageable substitute to the hegemonic scientistic method taken by way of analytic philosophy. Rose claims that the matter of free-will is simply an issue if one makes an pointless assumption in step with medical rationalism. within the sphere of human motion we suppose that, considering the fact that motion is a actual occasion, it needs to be reducible to the legislation and ideas of technology. accordingly, the challenging nature of loose will increases its head, because the notion of loose will is intrinsically contradictory to this kind of reductionist outlook. This ebook means that the Continental thinkers supply a compelling replacement through focusing on the phenomena of human motion and self-determination with a purpose to supply the reality of freedom in several phrases. therefore Rose deals a revealing research into the perfect suggestions and different types of human freedom and motion.

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The best that philosophical knowledge can do is assert the identity of subject and object. But identity is not the same as unity; it is dependent on reflection and judgement [Urteil], and therefore merely constitutes the manifestation of a primordial separation [Ur-Teilung]. Unity means that no separation can take place without doing violence to what is to be separated, and this is not the case with identity. 49 The writings of Novalis also involve the notion of the loss of an originary unity. In his poetry there is the figure of ‘the stranger’, someone who bears the memory of a lost golden age and hopes for its return.

This ability is not the effect of any self-present substantiality; it is precisely the effect of emptiness and indeterminacy. Consciousness can be generic and universal because it is nothing in itself. A human being is free to assume any subject position, to be anyone, and this universality is the result of his insubstantiality. ’83 The emptiness that is the basis of universality is put forward as the freedom to adopt any determination, resembling Schillerian and Schellingian determinability. ’84 Emptiness and indeterminacy are the basis of the free determinability of universality.

The aim is to rethink, through thorough analyses of the relevant texts in the light of Derrida’s critique of the metaphysics of presence, the Hegelian-Marxist notion of the overcoming of alienation. The results of these analyses will then be the basis for a reassessment of the nature and implications of deconstructive thought itself. Chapter 1 Alienation and Presence: A Historical Sketch Having established the relevance and importance of the concept of alienation to an understanding of Derrida’s critique of metaphysics and the implications of this critique, it is now necessary to clarify the nature and implications of the concept itself in order to ascertain whether alienation is necessarily dependent on the metaphysics of presence.

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