The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-reference in Contemporary Thought

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The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-reference in Contemporary Thought

by Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel
Translated by Richard A. Lynch

Columbia University Press | May 24, 2011 | Hardcover

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Philosophers debate the death of philosophy as much as they debate the death of God. Kant claimed responsibility for both philosophy''s beginning and end, while Heidegger argued it concluded with Nietzsche. In the twentieth century, figures as diverse as John Austin and Richard Rorty have proclaimed philosophy''s end, with some even calling for the advent of "postphilosophy." In an effort to make sense of these conflicting positions?which often say as much about the philosopher as his subject?Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel undertakes the first systematic treatment of "the end of philosophy," while also recasting the history of western thought itself.

Thomas-Fogiel begins with postphilosophical claims such as scientism, which she reveals to be self-refuting, for they subsume philosophy into the branches of the natural sciences. She discovers similar issues in Rorty''s skepticism and strands of continental thought. Revisiting the work of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century philosophers, when the split between analytical and continental philosophy began, Thomas-Fogiel finds both traditions followed the same path?the road of reference?which ultimately led to self-contradiction. This phenomenon, whether valorized or condemned, has been understood as the death of philosophy. Tracing this pattern from Quine to Rorty, from Heidegger to Levinas and Habermas, Thomas-Fogiel reveals the self-contradiction at the core of their claims while also carving an alternative path through self-reference. Trained under the French philosopher Bernard Bourgeois, she remakes philosophy in exciting new ways for the twenty-first century.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 360 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.39 in

Published: May 24, 2011

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0231147783

ISBN - 13: 9780231147781

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The Death of Philosophy: Reference and Self-reference in Contemporary Thought

by Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel
Translated by Richard A. Lynch

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 360 pages, 3.54 × 2.36 × 0.39 in

Published: May 24, 2011

Publisher: Columbia University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0231147783

ISBN - 13: 9780231147781

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Philosophers debate the death of philosophy as much as they debate the death of God. Kant claimed responsibility for both philosophy''s beginning and end, while Heidegger argued it concluded with Nietzsche. In the twentieth century, figures as diverse as John Austin and Richard Rorty have proclaimed philosophy''s end, with some even calling for the advent of "postphilosophy." In an effort to make sense of these conflicting positions?which often say as much about the philosopher as his subject?Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel undertakes the first systematic treatment of "the end of philosophy," while also recasting the history of western thought itself.

Thomas-Fogiel begins with postphilosophical claims such as scientism, which she reveals to be self-refuting, for they subsume philosophy into the branches of the natural sciences. She discovers similar issues in Rorty''s skepticism and strands of continental thought. Revisiting the work of late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century philosophers, when the split between analytical and continental philosophy began, Thomas-Fogiel finds both traditions followed the same path?the road of reference?which ultimately led to self-contradiction. This phenomenon, whether valorized or condemned, has been understood as the death of philosophy. Tracing this pattern from Quine to Rorty, from Heidegger to Levinas and Habermas, Thomas-Fogiel reveals the self-contradiction at the core of their claims while also carving an alternative path through self-reference. Trained under the French philosopher Bernard Bourgeois, she remakes philosophy in exciting new ways for the twenty-first century.

About the Author

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel is director of research in the Doctoral School of Philosophy at the Sorbonne. She specializes in the history of philosophy, the philosophy of science, and aesthetics and has published five books in French.

Richard A. Lynch is instructor of philosophy at DePauw University and founder of the Foucault Circle. He has also translated works by Michel Foucault and François Ewald.

Editorial Reviews

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel provides the first extended analysis of the theme of the end, or ''death,'' of philosophy, which has been on the agenda since at least the early nineteenth century. Thomas-Fogiel, one of our most promising young French philosophers, writes clearly, persuasively, and insightfully. She ranges widely over both continental and analytic sources and concentrates well on arguments, weighing and evaluating different interpretations of major figures. This is an important book.

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