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The Antiphilosophers

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Steven L. Bindeman

In this volume, author Steven L. Bindeman presents a survey of the key figures in postmodern antiphilosophy. Noting that the main thrust of their work can be found in their need to respond to the threat of nihilism, he is guided by the question, if the path to abstract truth is no longer viable, what then? He shows how the antiphilosophers turn their focus on the complexity of lived experience in place of the search for certainty, which was in their view what previously had guided the dominating discourse of the modernist philosophical tradition. Through close examination of a broad variety of texts, Bindeman illuminates how the antiphilosophers initiate a new way of doing philosophy, one which prefers to examine the question, Does it work? instead of, Is it true? Moreover, Bindeman demonstrates how the antiphilosophers are united in questioning the centrality of the great cornerstones of western metaphysics – time, self, universe, and God – because of their insistence that there is no way to reach beyond any of these words to the actual things to which they refer.
Utilizing the exposed, significant fault in the foundation of all philosophical systems, The Antiphilosophers delivers new insight concerning the issue of how we should relate to the resultant chaos. Written with a rare combination of philosophical rigor and clarity of expression, Bindeman’s work will be of interest to students and scholars of postmodern philosophy.
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Bindeman, Steven L. The antiphilosophers / Steven L. Bindeman. pages cm. — (American University studies. V, Philosophy; Vol. 220) Includes bibliographical references. 1. Philosophy, Modern. 2. Postmodernism. 3. Badiou, Alain. 4. Truth. I. Title. B791.B56 190—dc23 2015009386 ISBN 978-1-4331-3107-3 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1599-8 (e-book) ISSN 0739-6392

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