Phenomenology and Deconstruction, Volume Three: Breakdown in Communication

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University of Chicago Press, 1991 - Philosophy - 280 pages
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Philosophers are committed to objective understanding, but the
history of philosophy demonstrates how frequently one philosopher
misunderstands another. The most notorious such breakdown in
communication in twentieth-century philosophy was between Husserl and
Heidegger. In the third volume of his history of the phenomenological
movement, Robert Denoon Cumming argues that their differences involve
differences in method; whereas Husserl follows a "method of
clarification," with which he eliminates ambiguities by relying on an
intentional analysis that isolates its objects, Heidegger rejects the
criterion of "clarity" and embraces ambiguities as exhibiting
overlapping relations.

Cumming also explores the differences between how
deconstruction—Heidegger's procedure for dealing with other
philosophers—is carried out when Heidegger interprets Husserl versus
when Derrida interprets Husserl. The comparison enables Cumming to
show how deconstruction is associated with Heidegger's arrival at the
end of philosophy, paving the way for the deconstructionist movement.
 

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Contents

The Two Traditions
3
Disciples
11
Fellow Workers
17
The Work of the Other
27
The Shift in Subject
43
The Shift in Method
54
The Retrieval
64
The Translation
70
Der Weg Der Abhebung
148
Umgang
154
Ausgang
164
Concept Construction
175
Aufgehen In
189
Psychologism
196
The Theory of Knowledge
204
Language
217

Destruktion
87
The Edge
93
The Boundary
100
The Ambiguity
109
The Indicative Sign
120
The Indicator
128
The Context
137
The Monologue
225
The Public Reckoning
234
The End of Philosophy
247
Notes
259
Works Cited
287
Index
295
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About the author (1991)

Robert Denoon Cumming is the Frederick J. Woodbridge Professor Emeritus of philosophy at Columbia University. He is the author of Human Nature and History, Starting Point: An Introduction to the Dialectic of Existence, and Phenomenology and Deconstruction, Volumes One and Two, all published by the University of Chicago Press.

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