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Knowledge, Being and the Human

Some of the Major Issues in Philosophy

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Jan Hartman

This book, in the form of a classical philosophical treatise, presents a large-scale theoretical project: It uses a metaphilosophical perspective to present the framework for postmetaphysical thinking, situating it in the domain of the metaphysics of morality. It offers an innovative defence of scepticism based on a critical and radical analysis of the concepts of knowledge and truth. Metaphysical and transcendental traditions are deconstructed, mainly in relation to the paradoxes of so-called realism and idealism, which are the consequence of dependence on an archaic substance theory. Moreover, the book proposes a certain form of philosophising in spite of everything, i.e. within a sceptical approach. The critique of ethics leads to an a-ethical concept of the will and the values of life.

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Knowledge, Being and the Human Polish Contemporary Philosophy and Philosophical Humanities Edited by Jan Hartman Volume 5 Jan Hartman Knowledge, Being and the Human Some of the Major Issues in Philosophy Translated by Ben Koschalka Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de. This publication was financially supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education - National Programme for the Development of Humanities. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Hartman, Jan, 1967- Knowledge, being, and the human : some of the major issues in philosophy / Jan Hartman. pages cm. -- (Polish contemporary philosophy and philosophical humanities, ISSN 2191-1878 ; volume 5) Includes index. ISBN 978-3-631-62285-8 1. Metaphysics. 2. Skepticism. 3. Ethics. I. Title. BD111.H2755 2013 110--dc23 2013030188 ISSN 2191-1878 ISBN 978-3-631-62285-8 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03707-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03707-4 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This book is part of the Peter Lang Edition list and was peer reviewed prior to publication. www.peterlang.com

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