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Endgames
Author: Albrecht Wellmer

ISBN: 9780262731331
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 17 August 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 14.0 x 2.2
Description:
A common theme of this set of thirteen essays by one of the major figures in contemporary German philosophy is the idea of a postmetaphysical modernity. In his preface Wellmer relates the title of his book, "Endgames," to this common theme: The historical utopias of the Marxist tradition and the programs of ultimate justification in the Kantian tradition are both endgames "within" metaphysics, the deconstruction of those utopias and programs of ultimate justification are endgames played "with" metaphysics, and the game with an end as ultimate telos "is" metaphysics. In the first of the book's three parts, "Negative and Communicative Freedom," Wellmer focuses on political philosophy, examining in particular the links and tensions between liberal basic rights and modern ideas of democracy. In Part II, "Postmetaphysical Perspectives," he attempts to develop a postmetaphysical perspective on aesthetics and metaphysics (with and against Theodor Adorno), on the problem of truth (with and against Richard Rorty, Jurgen Habermas, and Karl-Otto Apel), and on hermeneutics (with and against Hans-Georg Gadamer and Karl-Otto Apel). Part ...

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