Hypothesis and the Spiral of Reflection: Levinas and the Politics of Reproduction
This book describes a realist, fallibilist alternative when intuitionism and its psychocentric ontology are rejected. Weissman proposes an agenda for metaphysical inquiry and also a method for testing metaphysical claims. Arguing that science and metaphysics are successive refinements of the maps and plans used in practical life, he affirms that metaphysics is to complete our self-understanding by locating us within a world we have not made.
This book is a sequel to Intuition and Ideality which surveys the many versions of intuitionism--intuitionism as it prescribes that reality be identified with mind itself or with the things set before our inspecting mind.
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Page 2 - is not just one of man's possessions in the world, but on it depends the fact that man has a world at all.
Page 2 - The experience of the world in language is "absolute." It transcends all the relativities of the positing of being, because it embraces all being-in-itself, in whatever relationships (relativities) it appears. The linguistic quality of our experience of the world is prior, as contrasted with everything that is recognized and addressed as being. The fundamental relation of language and world does not, then, mean that the world becomes the object of language.