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The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy : Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday - David Egan

The Pursuit of an Authentic Philosophy

Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Everyday

Hardcover Published: 28th March 2019
ISBN: 9780198832638
Number Of Pages: 272

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Superficially, Wittgenstein and Heidegger seem worlds apart: they worked in different philosophical traditions, seemed mostly ignorant of one another's work, and Wittgenstein's terse aphorisms in plain language could not be farther stylistically from Heidegger's difficult prose. Nevertheless, Wittgenstein's Philosophical Investigations and Heidegger's Being and Time share a number of striking parallels. In particular, this book shows that both authors manifest a similar concern with authenticity. David Egan develops this position in three stages. Part One explores the emphasis both philosophers place on the everyday, and how this emphasis brings with it a methodological focus on recovering what we already know rather than advancing novel theses. Part Two argues that the dynamic of authenticity and inauthenticity in Being and Time finds homologies in Philosophical Investigations. Here Egan particularly articulates and defends a conception of authenticity in Wittgenstein that emphasizes the responsiveness and reciprocity of play. Part Three considers how both philosophers' conceptions of authenticity apply reflexively to their own work: each is concerned not only with the question of what it means to exist authentically but also with the question of what it means to do philosophy authentically. For both authors, the problematic of authenticity is intimately linked to the question of philosophical method.

Introduction Part I: Average Everydayness 1: Grammar and Ontology 2: Being-in-the-World and Forms of Life 3: Attunement and Being-With Part II: Authentic Everydayness 4: Anxiety, Scepticism, and Rule Following 5: Authenticity and the Everyday 6: Authenticity and Play Part III: The Pursuit of Authenticity in Philosophy 7: Heidegger's Pursuit of Authenticity in Philosophy 8: Wittgenstein's Pursuit of Authenticity in Philosophy Conclusion

ISBN: 9780198832638
ISBN-10: 019883263X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 28th March 2019
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.34  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.54

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