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Reason and Metaphysics

Reason and Metaphysics 231 Reason and Metaphysics Heribert Boeder Topologie der Metaphysik. Freiburg/München: Verlag Karl Alber, 1980 (714 pp.). The Topologie der Metaphysik begins not with Plato, nor even with Anaximander, but with Homer. It then proceeds to deal with, among others, Hesiod, Solon, Michaelangelo, Luther, Galileo, and philosophers from Anaximander to Heidegger. Not counting those mentioned "in . passing," there is discussion of twenty-eight major figures in the history of philosophy. But the Topologie, divided into a preface, an introduction, and three main parts, is not simply another "empirical" history of philosophy (p. 51 ), for there is a thesis that grounds and sustains it through- out. The task is to understand this thesis. The Preface, "Die Metaphysik in der geschichtlichen Gegenwart" . (Metaphysics in the Historical Present), considers the problem of the status of metaphysics as a kind of philosophy. In the judgment of mundane reason (weltliche Vernunft), which dominates present-day thought, "metaphysics [as First Philosophy, First Science, or Science of Pure Reason] cannot be; it must not be; it may not be" (p. 16). The purpose of the Preface is to show how a discussion of metaphysics is still possible, and to this end there is a presentation http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

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Brill
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© 1983 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916483X00151
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231 Reason and Metaphysics Heribert Boeder Topologie der Metaphysik. Freiburg/München: Verlag Karl Alber, 1980 (714 pp.). The Topologie der Metaphysik begins not with Plato, nor even with Anaximander, but with Homer. It then proceeds to deal with, among others, Hesiod, Solon, Michaelangelo, Luther, Galileo, and philosophers from Anaximander to Heidegger. Not counting those mentioned "in . passing," there is discussion of twenty-eight major figures in the history of philosophy. But the Topologie, divided into a preface, an introduction, and three main parts, is not simply another "empirical" history of philosophy (p. 51 ), for there is a thesis that grounds and sustains it through- out. The task is to understand this thesis. The Preface, "Die Metaphysik in der geschichtlichen Gegenwart" . (Metaphysics in the Historical Present), considers the problem of the status of metaphysics as a kind of philosophy. In the judgment of mundane reason (weltliche Vernunft), which dominates present-day thought, "metaphysics [as First Philosophy, First Science, or Science of Pure Reason] cannot be; it must not be; it may not be" (p. 16). The purpose of the Preface is to show how a discussion of metaphysics is still possible, and to this end there is a presentation

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1983

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