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Exercises in Constructive Imagination : Topoi Library, V. 3 - Ermanno Bencivenga

Exercises in Constructive Imagination

Topoi Library, V. 3

Hardcover Published: 31st December 2000
ISBN: 9780792367024
Number Of Pages: 211

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Philosophy in this century has often self-consciously presented itself as aiming at the destruction or deconstruction of the philosophical tradition or even of theorizing as such. The basis for such self-description may well be a deep-seated anxiety about death; but whatever its grounds, the procession of distinguished intellectuals who seem mostly concerned with who gets to turn off the light on philosophy on his/her way out is one main reason why philosophy seems to have lost its grip on public opinion and public policy. Which is ironical, because there is often considerable constructive work going on under the pretence of all this `destruction', but the superficial rhetoric has more currency and impact than the substance of that work. This book brings back the spirit of bold, imaginative, even outrageous theorizing into philosophy, and contains a series of examples of it, venturing playfully into quantum mechanics and political theory, psychoanalysis and environmental ethics, philosophy of language and sociology, without any attempt at `systematically exhausting' these disparate fields but rather using them as suggestive excuses and arenas for the display of intellectual creativity. There are numerous echoes among the various pieces, and between them and other works by the same author; but again these resonances are not systematized. The result is more to be seen as a collection of snapshots of an intellectual landscape than as a hierarchical regimentation of it.

Introductionp. 1
Knowledge Versus Beliefp. 7
A Strange (?) Quantum Worldp. 17
Promissory Namesp. 25
What Is Logic About?p. 31
Dialectical Logic at Work in the Elective Affinities: What We Can Learn From Goethe About Hegelp. 43
Discriminating From Withinp. 57
The Poetics of (Philosophical) Interpretationp. 63
Kant's Sadismp. 75
Respect for Structurep. 83
The End of Analysisp. 89
Being-Idlep. 97
Taking Care of Ethical Relativismp. 101
Montaigne's Pre- and Post-Modern Notion of Subjectivityp. 109
An Oblique Viewp. 121
Beyond Tolerance?p. 125
An Answer to the Question "Liberating the Future From the Past? Liberating the Past From the Future"p. 137
Machiavelli, for Examplep. 149
The Degradation of Talentp. 167
Philosophy and Literature in Calvino's Talesp. 171
"I": J. D.p. 187
Notesp. 197
Bibliographyp. 207
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ISBN: 9780792367024
ISBN-10: 0792367022
Series: Topoi Library, V. 3
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 31st December 2000
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49