Strange epoch!

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The present era is one of disarray. The familiar ways of knowing, representing and reading have changed unrecognisably, but there is no agreement as to the new direction in which either Western culture or Western philosophy is heading. A main reason for this situation is Heidegger’s criticism of modern philosophy which shatters the very foundations of modern philosophy, without establishing the hoped for continuity. This paper examines Heidegger’s critique of modern philosophy and evaluates the rereading of the history of philosophy that he undertakes in developing his critique, showing that it is incomplete in that his reconstruction of traditional philosophy has left some important chapters untouched, and that he has overlooked the ethical realm. Following this, the paper briefly ex-plores Levinas’ relation to the tradition and his efforts to fill in the ethical and historical gaps that Heidegger had left.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)226-238
Number of pages13
JournalSouth African Journal of Philosophy
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1998

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  • Philosophy


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