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Dieter Misgeld

A Philosopher’s Journey from Hermeneutics to Emancipatory Politics

Authors: Mesbahian, Hossein, Norris, Trevor

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  • This book traces the intellectual transformations of Dieter Misgeld, professor of philosophy of education and political theory at the University of Toronto, beginning during the war in Germany, through studies with Gadamer in Heidelberg and emigration to Canada to a radical rejection of philosophy itself.
  • The history of twentieth century thought and politics is critiqued and analyzed through an intimate first person perspective.
  • From a training in hermeneutics to a radical rejection of philosophy itself in the face of pressing political problems, this book provides a first person account of some of the greatest thinkers of the twentieth century—and why they are no longer of use in our times.
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Professor Dieter Misgeld taught Philosophy of Education at the University of Toronto for over 30 years. His retirement lent occasion for a series of lengthy interviews, ranging from his years in Heidelberg where he studied philosophy in its history, based on philosophical hermeneutics with Gadamer, participated in debates about Hegel with Heidegger, and saw Habermas begin his career; to his interest in Richard Rorty, encounter with Buddhism, and reflections on global politics and the new security regime. With Dieter Misgeld we see the seductions of philosophy when studied among this centuries’ greatest practitioners. What emerges in the book is a pedagogy of hope based on Misgeld’s own utopian aspirations, emancipatory politics, and caution about philosophy – Misgeld argues that philosophy is no longer helpful for any project of social and political change, that the problems of the world today are political rather than philosophical. Thus, it is political engagement rather than philosophical reflection that is called for. Considering the stature of his teachers and the depth of his own philosophical capabilities, his insistence on the limitations of philosophy compels us to reflect on our own assumptions about the promise of philosophy. What emerges is the grounding of thought in the personal character of philosophical reflection, and the drama of ideas as they unfold throughout a lifetime.

Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Dieter Misgeld
Book Subtitle
A Philosopher’s Journey from Hermeneutics to Emancipatory Politics
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Sense Publishers
Copyright Holder
SensePublishers-Rotterdam, The Netherlands
eBook ISBN
978-94-6300-932-4
DOI
10.1007/978-94-6300-932-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
CCLXX, 8
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