The Power of Philosophy

Thought and Redemption

Authors: Roy, Kaustuv

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  • Argues that a special kind of redemptive power awaits the ontological (structural) understanding of thought
  • Explores four principle thinkers: Heidegger, Schelling, Goethe, and Heraclitus
  • Suggests that power is not in the “overcoming” of finite determinations but lies in grasping the material process of their formation
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This book explores the possibility of philosophical praxis by weaving an ontological thread through four principal thinkers: Heidegger, Schelling, Goethe, and Heraclitus. It argues that a special kind of redemptive power awaits the structural understanding of thought that is beyond semantic formations such as concepts and ideational systems. The author claims that the “power” is negative in nature, trans-personal, and derived directly from the understanding of thought as a structural pulse. The book travels backwards in time, encountering successively Heidegger’s critique of calculative thinking, Schelling’s Mind/Nature relation, Goethe’s Delicate Empiricism, and the aphoristic wisdom of Heraclitus in search of a redemptive power that lies in the self-knowledge of thought. This power is ontological and not historical or developmental; it is the same at all times and all points of history. The author refers to the praxis as “philosophical bilingualism.”


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Kaustuv Roy is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. His recent work includes Limits of the Secular, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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eBook $64.99
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Power of Philosophy
Book Subtitle
Thought and Redemption
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-96911-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-96911-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-96910-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 235
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