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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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The index contains entries referring to subjects and people. Subject entries refer to terms that play an important role in the treatise, a significance that is not reflected in the table of contents or made obvious by the themes of the book. Therefore, the index does not included entries such as “being”, “substance”, “metaphysics” or “scepticism”. An exception has been made for the terms “knowledge” and “truth”, in light of their importance for the whole book and the fact that the analyses connected to these concepts are dispersed throughout. Abramowski, Edward, 141 Absolute, the (God), 170 appearance, 24, 94, 95, 110, 112, 113, 138, 139, 151, 180 Aristotele, 89 Aristotle, 47, 74, 80, 81, 83, 87, 88, 91, 92, 155 Bartal, Israel, 8 Bataille, Georges, 78 Bergson, Henri, 47, 48, 141 Berkeley, George, 49, 67, 68, 69, 76, 104 Bury, R.G., 51 Cassirer, Ernst, 47, 52 cession, 176, 177, 179, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 189 Chandler, Robert, 194 Cioran, Emil, 78 Condillac, Etienne de, 104 contingency, 75, 76, 84, 101, 103, 122 Derrida, Jacques, 36, 98, 141, 177 Descartes, René, 8, 11, 31, 33, 47, 56, 57, 58 Dilthey, Wilhelm, 47, 107, 189 Dostoevsky, Fyodor, 119 Elzenberg, Henryk, 162 Erasmus of Rotterdam, 8 Fichte, Johann Gottlieb, 13, 47, 69, 70, 117, 171, 172, 173, 177 Frank, Semyon, 79 Freud, Sigmund, 158 Gorgias, 51 Gray, J. Glenn, 106 Gregor, Mary, 130, 131 Grossman, Vasily, 194 Hartmann, Nicolai, 162 Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich, 23, 34, 47, 51, 78, 85, 94, 95,...

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