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The Modern Philosophical Revolution : The Luminosity of Existence - David Walsh

The Modern Philosophical Revolution

The Luminosity of Existence


Published: 8th September 2008
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The Modern Philosophical Revolution breaks new ground by demonstrating the continuity of European philosophy from Kant to Derrida.

Much of the literature on European philosophy has emphasised the breaks that have occurred in the course of two centuries of thinking.

But as David Walsh argues, such a reading overlooks the extent to which Kant, Hegel, and Schelling were already engaged in the turn toward existence as the only viable mode of philosophising.

Where many similar studies summarise individual thinkers, this book provides a framework for understanding the relationships between them.

Walsh thus dispels much of the confusion that assails readers when they are only exposed to the bewildering range of positions taken by the philosophers he examines.

His book serves as an indispensable guide to a philosophical tradition that continues to have resonance in the post-modern world.

About the Author

David Walsh is professor of politics at The Catholic University of America. The editor of three volumes of The Collected Works of Eric Voegelin, he has published numerous articles in political science and philosophy journals, as well as essays in anthologies. This is the third volume in a trilogy concerning the modern world that began with After Ideology : Recovering the Spiritual Foundations of Freedom and The Growth of the Liberal Soul.



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A journey in the philosophy of Being


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  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • For Philosophy Students
  • Informative
  • Well Written


  • Not An Easy Read

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Of considerable relevance for those interested in Continental philosophy, existential philosophy, philosophy of religion.

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"[T]his is an astonishingly amazing book, truly revolutionary in modern philosophy about what it is really about, namely, in Walsh's words, "the luminosity of existence," a wonderfully philosophic expression." - James V. Schall, Georgetown University "My encounter with The Modern Philosophical Revolution has been one of the most formative experiences in my life as a philosopher. I have no hesitation in placing it along with Bernard Lonergan's Insight and Eric Voegelin's Order and History as one of the greatest works in contemporary English-language philosophy, and I predict its French and German translations will follow even more rapidly than did those of Lonergan's and Voegelin's opera magna." Brendan Purcell, Dublin, Ireland, The Review of Metaphysics

Prefacep. ix
Introductionp. 1
Kant's "Copernican Revolution" as Existentialp. 27
Hegel's Inauguration of the Language of Existencep. 76
Schelling on the Beyond of Existencep. 130
Nietzsche: Philosophy as Existencep. 178
Heidegger's Achievement Despite the Betrayal of Philosophical Existencep. 232
Existence Without Refuge as the Response of Levinasp. 291
Derrida's Dissemination of Existence as Differancep. 335
Kierkegaard's Prioritization of Existence over Philosophyp. 391
Epilogue: Modernity as Responsibilityp. 461
Works Citedp. 467
Select Bibliography of Secondary Sourcesp. 477
Indexp. 487

ISBN: 9780521727631
ISBN-10: 0521727634
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 518
Published: 8th September 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.1
Weight (kg): 0.694