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Mission Impossible

in Abysmal

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780226629308
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226629322 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226629322.003.0013
Mission Impossible

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From the beginning of this book the author has pursued the question of what it means to be human, more exactly what it means to live in the oikumene. In search of an answer he has relied on methods from the epistemology of the extreme, a minimalist approach through which all arguments are pushed to their limits. What he has found is that the limits of the oikumene are one with the limits of his world. In his self-appointed role as a (post)modern land surveyor the author dreams of mapping the outer reaches of that universe, a world which fills the void between the five senses of the body and the sixth sense of culture. Approaching the abyss from a range of directions, he has tried to keep the cartographic fix-points of Abr(ah)am, Moses, Plato, and Immanuel Kant constantly in mind. The various raids into the unknown have all taken off from the legendary Bar de Saussure, the Nietzschean hangout where not a member is sober.

Keywords: oikumene; epistemology; Immanuel Kant; Plato; universe; five senses; culture; abyss; Moses

Chapter.  3654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Metaphysics

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