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Antifoundationalism Old and New by Tom Rockmore, Beth J Singer

By Tom Rockmore, Beth J Singer

The controversy over foundationalism, the perspective that there exists a few safe beginning upon which to construct a procedure of wisdom, appears to be like to were resolved and the antifoundationalists have not less than briefly prevailed. From a firmly historic technique, the e-book strains the foundationalism/antifoundationalism controversy within the paintings of many vital figures—Animaxander, Aristotle and Plato, Augustine, Descartes, Hegel and Nietzsche, Habermas and Chisholm, and others—throughout the background of philosophy. The participants, Joseph Margolis, Ronald Polansky, Gary Calore, Fred and Emily Michael, William Wurzer, Charlene Haddock Siegfried, Sandra B. Rosenthal, Kathleen Wallace, and the editors current good the range, curiosity, and roots of antifoundationalism.

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V. " VII In a fair sense, the drama of the Cartesian and Heideggerean strategies confirms the need to interpret Anaximander's Apeiron along the lines we have. In fact, in the "Letter on Humanism," which provides one of the most sustained commitments to the theme of the Kehre, Heidegger explicitly says: "if man is to find his way once again into the nearness of Being he must first learn to exist in the nameless. In the same way he must recognize the seductions of the public realm [die Offenlichkeit,with which Dasein is occupied in Beingand Time] as well as the impotence of the private.

60 in the German pagination). 39. , pp. 40, 41 (pp. 18, 19 in the German pagination). 40. , p. 250 (p. 206 in the German pagination); cf. pp. 43-44 (pp. 22-23 in the German pagination). The Limits of Metaphysics 39 41. See Edmund Husserl, CartesianMeditations, trans. Dorion Cairns (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1960), Introduction and First Meditation. I have benefited here from the account in Charles B. Guignon, Heidegger and the Problemof Knowledge(Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing, 1983), chap.

Strong forms of foundationalism require that these principles be in some sense self-certifying, for example, by direct presentation through sense perception or immediate intuition of the mind. ' These various versions of foundationalism are not new. They have been around as long as philosophers have worried about the possibility of knowledge, Roderick Chisholm states, "Most of the problems and issues of the 'theory of knowledge' were discussed in detail by Plato and Aristotle and by the Greek skeptics.

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