Publications of Weberman, D.
The article reviews the book "The Theory of Difference: Readings in Contemporary Continental Thought," by Douglas L. Donkel.
Critical notice: Julian Young, Heidegger's philosophy of art
Critical Notice: Julian Young, Heidegger's Philosophy of Art, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.
Reviews the book: Cambridge Companion to German Idealism edited by Karl Ameriks
Book review : Rethinking the comninnicative turn
Reviews the book 'Rethinking the Communicative Turn: Adorno, Habermas and the Problem of Communicative Freedom,' by Martin Morris.
Argues that M. Heidegger's rejection of the concept of Vorhandenheit in the book 'Being and Time,' is due to its contradiction with relationality thesis which states that contrary to first impressions and to much of the philosophical tradition, entities are not self-contained. Views of Heidegger on Vorhandenheit; Salient features of Vorhandenheit; Evidence for the centrality of the notion of self-containedness to Vorhandenheit.
On racial kinship
The article defends racial kinship by showing that it is often unified, ethically legitimate and politically prudent. Randall Kennedy, a Harvard Law School professor, believes that racial kinship is irrational, inappropriate and sometimes immoral too. Kennedy argues that race is owned and not accomplished and so is not a sensible basis for the feeling of solidarity. At the same time, other thinkers argue against racial solidarity on the basis that race itself is a fiction or myth. It also states that exceeding race by giving up racial identities and racial solidarity is not always preferable.
Reviews the book: Truth in Context: An Essay on Pluralism and Objectivity by Michael P. Lynch
A new defense of Gadamer's hermeneutics
Re-examines the central thesis of Hans-Georg Gadamer's hermeneutics that objectivity is not a suitable ideal for understanding a text, historical event or cultural phenomenon. Absence of one correct interpretation of such phenomena; Three possible arguments from Gadamer's failure to make clear the grounds for his claim.
Are freedom and anti-humanism compatible? The case of Foucault and Butler
This article considers the philosophy of Michel Foucault and Judith Butler in an aim to discuss the compatibility between freedom and anti-humanism. Foucault and Butler are very much committed to the view that human beings are free agents and that philosophical theories ought to enhance the capacity to act as free agents. On the other hand, they are at pains to distance themselves from certain humanist conceptions of subjectivity and selfhood. The argument has been that it is possible to unite these two positions, and that Foucault and Butler have successfully done so, but only because they have not relinquished the belief that freedom and subjectivity involve a special nonmechanical process consisting in self-reflection, deliberation, and the formation of a will. The discussion thus exposes a crucial and unspoken rationalist presupposition underlying Foucault's artifactual subject and Butler's performative subject. Foucault and Butler are concerned about the creation of a self and the formation of a will that occurs neither indeterminately nor simply as an effect of desires that power relations have created in a person. Self-creation is a process of self-reflection that involves rationally evaluating various options concerning who one wants to be and what one wants the world to be like.
Reviews the book: Existence in Black: An Anthology of Black Existential Philosophy by Lewis R. Gordon (ed.)
Review: existentialism and engagement
Reviews the book: Camus: Portrait of a Moralist by Stephen Eric Bronner
Reconciling Gadamer's non-intentionalism with standard conversational goals
Provides information on a study which discussed Gadamer's hermeneutics, which is a non-intentionalist theory of understanding and interpretation. Propositions contained in the dilemma of Gadamer's hermeneutics; Views of Gadamer on the role of intentions; Common assumptions on the goals of conversational understanding.
Reviews the book `On Voluntary Servitude: False Consciousness and the Theory of Ideology,' by Michael Rosen.
Book review: Jüdische Fragen als Themata der Philosophie
The article reviews the book "Jüdische Fragen als Themata der Philosophie," edited by Sabine S. Gehlhaar.
Heidegger and the source(s) of intelligibility (Dasein, care, temporality)
Wittgensteinian readings of Being and Time, and of the source of the intelligibility of Dasein''s world, in terms of language and the average everyday public practices of das Man are partly right and partly wrong. They are right in correcting overly individualist and existentialist readings of Heidegger. But they are wrong in making Heidegger into a proponent of language or everydayness as the final word on intelligibility and the way the world is disclosed to us. The everydayness of das Man and language are partial sources of intelligibility but only insofar as they are comprehended within the greater unitary structure of care and temporality. Care and temporality constitute the foundational underpinnings for disclosure and the intelligibility ofldquothat wherein Dasein dwells.rdquo
Liberal democracy, autonomy, and ideology critique
This article examines the liberal democratic theory and the Marxist/Frankfurt School idea of ideology critique. Especially as embodied in American constitutional ideals, liberal democratic theory is based upon a fundamental respect for the de facto preferences of individuals. Many procedures and policies of the liberal democratic state are thought to be guided by and grounded in the de facto beliefs, desires, and preferences of its citizens. The idea is that government and social choice must be based on citizens' preferences "as they are," not as they ought to be. The liberal democratic principle of basing politics on preferences has its limitations. Over the years the term "ideology," first coined by the late-eighteenth century thinker Destutt de Tracy, has meant many different things. Theorists of ideology often feel that they must face the following dilemma: if ideology cannot be made sense of in terms of falsity, then it is a concept that is either useless or without critical force.
The noxfixity of the past historical past
Opinion. Presents information on the noxfixity of historical past with reference to the book `Analytical Philosophy of History,' by Arthur Danto. Arguments of Danto; Beliefs of the author of historical events.
Sartre, emotions, and wallowing
Studies emotions philosophically based on Jean-Paul Sartre's book `The Emotions: Outline of a Theory.' Central claim in Sartre's book; Objections to the claim; Reasons for the failure of Sartre's theory; Function of emotion as a type of self-indulgent activity termed as wallowing; Escapist emotions; Stoicism.
Reviews the book: Philosophical Events: Essays of the '80s by John Rajchman
Reviews the book: Moral Consciousness and Communicative Action. by Jurgen Habermas; Christian Lenhardt; Shierry Weber Nicholsen; Thomas McCarthy
Reviews the book: he Aesthetics Of The Critical Theorists – Studies On Benjamin, Adorno, Marcuse, And Habermas – Roblin, Ronald ed.