Historicity and the Politics of Predication

Historicity and the Politics of Predication © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/187226307X176785 Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (2007) 79–100 www.brill.nl/jph Historicity and the Politics of Predication Joseph Margolis Temple University, Philadelphia, USA josephmargolis455@hotmail.com Abstract I begin with a kind of phenomenological reporting of the recent war between Israel and the Hezbollah in Lebanon, in order to explain the meaning of the thesis that “historicity is predication” – meaning by that to clarify the sense in which predication is a kind of political act (for good and sufficient philosophical reasons) and how the “objective” description of an evolving war illuminates such a philo- sophical reading of history. Keywords generality, historicity, Lebanon, objectivity, politics of predication, war I I am about to try your patience – “sorely” (as they say) – but I see no other way to begin. I must ask you to consider a question that present circum- stances would probably disallow as tactless, or bad form, or worse, though its answer may well illuminate those same circumstances in an unexpect- edly useful and humane way. I am speaking of the recent renewed war between Israel and the Hezbollah and the import of the singular Event (instantly featured worldwide on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Philosophy of History Brill

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BRILL
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1872-261X
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1872-2636
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10.1163/187226307X176785
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/187226307X176785 Journal of the Philosophy of History 1 (2007) 79–100 www.brill.nl/jph Historicity and the Politics of Predication Joseph Margolis Temple University, Philadelphia, USA josephmargolis455@hotmail.com Abstract I begin with a kind of phenomenological reporting of the recent war between Israel and the Hezbollah in Lebanon, in order to explain the meaning of the thesis that “historicity is predication” – meaning by that to clarify the sense in which predication is a kind of political act (for good and sufficient philosophical reasons) and how the “objective” description of an evolving war illuminates such a philo- sophical reading of history. Keywords generality, historicity, Lebanon, objectivity, politics of predication, war I I am about to try your patience – “sorely” (as they say) – but I see no other way to begin. I must ask you to consider a question that present circum- stances would probably disallow as tactless, or bad form, or worse, though its answer may well illuminate those same circumstances in an unexpect- edly useful and humane way. I am speaking of the recent renewed war between Israel and the Hezbollah and the import of the singular Event (instantly featured worldwide on

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Journal of the Philosophy of HistoryBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: LEBANON; OBJECTIVITY; GENERALITY; HISTORICITY; POLITICS OF PREDICATION; WAR

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