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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.
Jan Hartman, born in 1967 in Wrocław (Poland), is Full Professor at the Department of Philosophy and Bioethics at the Medical School of Jagiellonian University. He is author of several books in metaphilosophy, political philosophy, ethics and bioethics.