226 REVIEW ARTICLES Inheriting the Earth: The Memory of Tradition Stephen H. Watson. Tradition(s). Refiguring Community and Virtue in Classical German Thought. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. xiv + 311 pp. Index. Heidegger once remarked that "strife among thinkers is a 'lover's quarrel' con- cerning the matter itself."' Perhaps this is the best way of characterizing a praise whose deepest tribute lies in criticism. Indeed, I have the highest praise for the project that Stephen Watson undertakes in T'radition(s). If I have occa- sional doubts about its execution, they do not lie either in disputing Watson's scholarly precision (which is quite remarkable) or his mastery of key texts. On the contrary, my goal is to trace a matrix of issues that might otherwise be lost to the reader in the author's inordinate attention to detail. 1 In simplest terms, Watson explores the origin of tradition, its emergence as a theme of philosophical interest. There is, however, an important presupposi- tion that guides his inquiry. For Watson already lives within a tradition that can address its possibility, its historical genesis according to an inherited logos from "continental philosophy" (xi). Given that we are alert to the many per- mutations of
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