Philosophy and Its Others: Ways of Being and Mind

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SUNY Press, 1990 - Philosophy - 396 pages
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Philosophy and its Others responds to the widespread sense that philosophy must renew its intellectual community with other significant ways of being and mind. The author articulates philosophy s community of mind with the aesthetic, the religious, and the ethical, without losing any of its own distinctive voice. He develops an original and constructive position between these extremes: the Hegelian extreme which reduces the plurality of others to a dialectical totality and the Wittgensteinian and deconstructive options that celebrate plurality, but without a proper sense of the connectedness of philosophy and its others."
 

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Contents

The Metaxological View
3
Structure of the Work
9
Philosophy and the Scholar
21
Philosophy and the Scientist
29
Philosophy and the Priest
39
Philosophy and the Hero
48
Philosophy and the Sage
55
Being Aesthetic
63
The Problematic Religious Middle
146
Being Ethical
159
The Selfmediation of the Ethical Middle
172
Ethical Inwardness and the Middle
184
Ethical Community and Recalcitrant Otherness
201
Being Mindful and Failure
242
Songs of Death and Time
283
Song of Breakthrough
294

Art and the Aesthetic Middle
83
Loss of the Aesthetic Middle
93
Being Religious
111
Metaxological Openness to Sacred Otherness
131
Religious Inwardness and the Metaxological Mediation
141
Songs of Idiot Wisdom
303
Notes
313
Bibliography
375
Index
385
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William Desmond is Chairman and Professor of Philosophy in the Philosophy Department at Loyola College. He is author of Art and the Absolute: A Study of Hegel s Aesthetics, published by SUNY Press, and Desire, Dialectic and Otherness.

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