of foundations has long been a focus of philosophical debate. Critiques
of the claim to absolute knowledge, to ultimate ground, and to essential
truth have called the very desire and need for founding principles
into question. Even the concept of foundation itself has come under
|This volume addresses the
problem of a contemporary world in which foundations are placed in
question at every turn. It seeks to explore the meaning of a post-foundational
context in which subverted truths, shattered identities, and fragmented
cultures permeate the discourses of the age. The continental tradition
of philosophy has long focused its energies on the question of foundations
from Kant and Hegel, Nietzsche and Kierkegaard, Heidegger and Gadamer,
Foucault and Derrida, Lyotard and Deleuze, From this particular vantage
with its wealth of perspectives, the essays in this volume reopen
the conventional understanding of classical themes upon which philosophy
has been based since its inception.
addresses specifically the questions of "truth," "subjectivity,"
and "culture." These themes are considered in domains as
diverse as science, hermeneutics, psychoanalysis, feminism, visual
representation, poetry, post-colonialism, and non-capitalist economies.
The volume brings together new essays by leading international cultural
and philosophical critics on the question of foundations in the contemporary
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Hugh J. Silverman
1. THE TRUTH OF HERMENEUTICS
2. TRUTH AS FUNDAMENTAL AND TRUTH AS FOUNDATIONAL
3. SCIENCE AS FOUNDATIONAL?
Robert P. Crease
4. DELETION OR DEPLOYMENT: IS THAT
ANY WAY TO TREAT A SIGN?
5. AUTONOMY AS FOUNDATIONAL
6. INTENTIONALITY, ONTOLOGY AND EMPIRICAL THOUGHT
7. REHABILITATING THE "I"
Susan Bordo and Mario Moussa
8. CRITICAL EXCHANGES: THE SYMBOLIC
AND QUESTIONS OF GENDER
9. FOUNDATIONS AND CULTURAL STUDIES
10. GRUND AND ABGRUND:
QUESTIONING POETIC FOUNDATIONS
IN HEIDEGGER AND CELAN
11. GENEROSITY AND FORGETTING
IN THE HISTORY OF BEING
Galen A. Johnson
13. EASY BECOMING UNEASY IMAGES:
A PHOTOGRAMMIC SOLARIZATION OF CAVES
James R. Watson
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