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Introduction: Philosophy and mystification

Guy Robinson

in Philosophy and Mystification

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2003 | ISBN: 9780823222919
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235513 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222919.003.0001
Introduction: Philosophy and mystification

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Philosophy, since the seventeenth century, can be presented through two views: one where philosophy does not require special understanding, and one where philosophy requires order and clarity. A deeper conflict arises in the modern era as philosophy can describe both what is conditioned and unconditioned by time and circumstance. The chapter uses the word “mystification” to describe several situations seen throughout the book that describe the confusions arising from failed attempts to separate what is concrete from what is absolute. The chapter establishes how the book generally aims to identify “mystified” assumptions, and how these assumptions were mystified in the first place, by providing a historical analysis while taking both substance and nature into account.

Keywords: mystification; concrete; absolute; false assumptions; substance; nature; historical analysis

Chapter.  5237 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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