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- DescriptionAfter the vehement critique of metaphysics in the twentieth century, ontology has again found its place at the center of continental philosophy. Yet this does t mean that the way in which metaphysics and ontology are understood has t been affected by these criticisms, the so-called linguistic turn of hermeneutics and deconstruction. In fact, as Gert-Jan van der Heiden demonstrates, the themes and concepts of contemporary continental metaphysics are highly influenced by the different versions of the account of classical metaphysics as ontotheology. Thus, contemporary thought seeks to recover a sense of the absolute, but without recourse to specifically theological underpinnings. Working largely with present-day thinkers who take seriously Heidegger's critique of ontotheology--authors such as Alain Badiou, Jean-Luc Nancy, Claude Roma, Quentin Meillassoux, and Giorgio Agamben --van der Heiden returns with them to the question of ontology rather than rejecting the question altogether. As the book's title suggests, he maps this contemporary debate in terms of three axes: plurality; the event and contingency; and, finally, an ethics proper to a thinking receptive to contingency. Rather than affirming either the speculative or the hermeneutic-phemelogical school of thought, van der Heiden shows how these schools, each in their own way, are concerned with similar themes and sources of inspiration. In particular, he assesses and critiques the ways in which philosophers today deal with these concepts to offer an alternative to ontotheology. The question of contingency, he argues, is the most challenging issue for present-day ontology, and ontology today can only be an ontology of contingency.
- Author BiographyGert-Jan van der Heiden is is professor of metaphysics at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He is the author of The Truth (and Untruth) of Language and De stem van de doden (The Voice of the Dead), coeditor of the series Studies in Contemporary Phenomenology, and has also served as coeditor of Investigating Intersubjectivity. Van der Heidens work has appeared in Philosophy Today, International Journal for Philosophy and Theology, and American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly.
- Author(s)Gert-Jan van der Heiden
- PublisherDuquesne University Press
- Date of Publication24/04/2014
- LanguageEnglish & English
- Place of PublicationPittsburgh
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuquesne University Press
- Weight492 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine23 mm
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