Chapter

That We Are a Conversation

Adriaan T. Peperazak

in Thinking about Thinking

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780823240173
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780823240210 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823240173.003.0001
That We Are a Conversation

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Philosophy is sometimes presented as a system of propositions. The fundamental model is then a legein ti kata tinos. “Saying something about something” would be paradigmatic of every philosophy. Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel and other thinkers, however, have pointed out various difficulties inherent to this model. Hegel argued that the determination of being or the universe must lie in a kind of self-determination through which the inner truth of the totality unfolds and explicates itself, and that the truth of beings is neither a something nor a thesis or ensemble of theses, but nothing else than the comprehensive, self-articulating identity of all determinations. If it is not possible to isolate the said from the sayer, a revolution in philosophy and metaphilosophy is inevitable. This chapter discusses the philosophy of saying something about something to someone. It examines receptivity, (self-)critique, individuality, speaking and listening and the logic of dialogue (dialogic), the arguments of Emmanuel Levinas, ethics and ontology, and addressing thought.

Keywords: philosophy; thought; Hegel; Emmanuel Levinas; ethics; ontology; receptivity; individuality; speaking; dialogic

Chapter.  7641 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind

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