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from plato to zombie philosophy? plato’s cave and its enforcers…//Philosophy is dead | Review: Changing the Subject by Raymond Geuss

June 21st, 2018 · No Comments

We have pointed many times here to the correlation of philosophical history and the eonic effect. That helps to clarify the sudden sense that philosophy is in decline or even dead. The subject is poised between plato and kant in a mystery of the noumenon pointed to by both philosophers, and the decline of philosophy seems a swift elimination of that enigma.
To exclude kant from a discussion of the history of philosophy is more a symptom than a serious discussion, notwithstanding the need to critique the kantian octopus with its ‘monster masterpiece’ the transcendental deduction. The age of rorty was a postmodern endgame and induces a mood to study things that declined, like the roman empire, perhaps even western civilization…ho hum, plato’s cave, and its pseudo-philosophical enforcers…Kant often seems completely baffling: the work of schopenhauer is often helpful in focusing on the core of so-called transcendental idealism…

Changing the Subject is a history of philosophy in twelve thinkers. There are lucid self-contained essays on Socrates, Plato, Lucretius, Augustine, Montaigne, Hobbes, Hegel, Nietzsche, Lukács, Heidegger, Wittgenstein and Adorno; but Descartes, Locke, Leibniz, Hume and Kant don’t even make it to the index.

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