Timely Meditations

Timely Meditations

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Focusing on the concept of freedom, Leslie Paul Thiele makes Heidegger's philosophical works speak directly to politics in a postmodern world. Neither excusing Heidegger for his political sins nor ignoring their lesson, Thiele nonetheless refrains from polemic in order creatively to engage one of the greatest philosophers of our time. The product of this engagement is a vindication of a democratic and ecological politics firmly grounded in philosophic inquiry. Using Heidegger's understanding of freedom as a point of departure, Timely Meditations lays out the philosophic and political nature and potential of freedom in thought, speech, and deed. This disclosive freedom is contrasted to both modern (positive and negative) and postmodern (Nietzschean and Foucaultian) variations. The result is an original and provocative study that challenges our present understanding of liberty while underlining dangerous collusion with the contemporary forces of technology. Timely Meditations marks an increasingly rare achievement today. For unlike many theorists who attempt to steer a course into the world of postmodern politics, Thiele does so without forsaking philosophic foundations and without abandoning practical hopes and tasks for rhetorical diversions. Originally published in 1995. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.(G. W. F Hegel, Philosophy of Mind) IN 1958, Isaiah Berlin delivered his now famous essay a€œTwo Concepts of Liberty.a€ From the hundreds of senses of the words liberty and freedom that historians of ideas have recorded, Berlin selected two for ... a€œTwo Concepts of Liberty, a€ in Four Essays on Liberty (Oxford Oxford University Press, 1969), 119 3 Frederick Crews, a€œThe New Americanists, a€ New York Review of.

Title:Timely Meditations
Author: Leslie Paul Thiele
Publisher:Princeton University Press - 2014-07-14

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