Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy

Philosophy

Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy by Edwin E. Etieyibo
Quotation and Truth-Conditional Pragmatics (Frontiers in Applied Linguistics) by Xiaofei Wang
Sebastian Rödl, “Self-Consciousness and Objectivity: An Introduction to Absolute Idealism”
Philip Goldstein, “Post-Marxist Theory: An Introduction”
Biodeconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Life Sciences

Method, Substance, and the Future of African Philosophy by Edwin E. Etieyibo

English | PDF,EPUB | 2018 | 367 Pages | ISBN : 3319702254 | 4.09 MB

This book takes stock of the strides made to date in African philosophy. Authors focus on four important aspects of African philosophy: the history, methodological debates, substantive issues in the field, and direction for the future. By collating this anthology, Edwin E. Etieyibo excavates both current and primordial knowledge in African philosophy, enhancing the development of this growing field.

Quotation and Truth-Conditional Pragmatics (Frontiers in Applied Linguistics) by Xiaofei Wang

English | 9 Jan. 2018 | ISBN: 1138090026 | 186 Pages | PDF | 2.05 MB

In the past decades, quotation theories have developed roughly along three lines―quotation types, meaning effects, and theoretical orientations toward the semantics/pragmatics distinction. Currently, whether the quoted expression is truth-conditionally relevant to the quotational sentence, and if there is a truth-conditional impact, whether it is generated via semantic or pragmatic processes, have become the central concerns of quotation studies.

Sebastian Rödl, “Self-Consciousness and Objectivity: An Introduction to Absolute Idealism”

2018 | ISBN-10: 0674976517 | 208 pages | PDF | 69 MB

Self-Consciousness and Objectivity undermines a foundational dogma of contemporary philosophy: that knowledge, in order to be objective, must be knowledge of something that is as it is, independent of being known to be so. Sebastian Rödl revives the thought―as ancient as philosophy but largely forgotten today―that knowledge, precisely on account of being objective, is self-knowledge: knowledge knowing itself. Thus he intervenes in a discussion that runs through the work of Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel, Adrian Moore, and others, who seek to comprehend the claim to objectivity we raise in making judgments. While these authors think that the quest for objectivity demands that we transcend the first person, Rödl argues that it is through the first-person thought contained in every judgment that our judgments possess the objectivity that defines knowledge.
Self-Consciousness and Objectivity can be read as an introduction to absolute idealism, for it dismantles a stubborn obstacle to absolute idealism’s reception: the notion that it is a species of idealism, which is understood to be the assertion that the world depends upon the mind. As Rödl brings out, absolute idealism is the resolute rejection of that idea.
The implications of this work are profound. It undercuts a number of contemporary presumptions, such as that judgment is a propositional attitude, that inference is a mental process, and that there is an empirical science of the capacity for objective knowledge. All of these presumptions flow from the erroneous notion that the objectivity of knowledge stands opposed to its first-person character.

Philip Goldstein, “Post-Marxist Theory: An Introduction”

2005 | pages: 155 | ISBN: 0791463028 | PDF | 11,0 mb

Poststructuralist Marxism, or post-Marxism, is a theoretical viewpoint that elaborates and revises the work of Louis Althusser and Michel Foucault. Unlike traditional Marxism, which emphasizes the priority of class struggle and the common humanity of oppressed groups, post-Marxism reveals the sexual, racial, class, and ethnic divisions of modern Western society. This book surveys the different versions of post-Marxist theory: the economic theory of Stephen Resnick and Richard Wolff, the historical methodology of Michel Foucault, the political theory of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, the feminism of Judith Butler, the materialist philosophy of Pierre Macherey, and the cultural studies of Tony Bennett and John Frow. Providing a coherent framework for these otherwise quite divergent theorists, Philip Goldstein outlines the history of Marxist philosophical or theoretical views and explains how they all count as post-Marxist.

Biodeconstruction: Jacques Derrida and the Life Sciences

SUNY | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1438468857 | 248 pages | PDF | 1.12 mb

by Francesco Vitale (Author), Mauro Senatore (Translator)
Analyzes Derrida’s 1975 seminar “La vie la mort” as a deconstruction of biology with relevance to his work more broadly.
Review
“This book is extremely interesting and engaging, and provides a very original and timely perspective on Derrida’s work. Its greatest strength is bringing together Derrida’s ‘deconstruction’ in his analysis of the life sciences under the heading of ‘biodeconstruction.’ This term is simple but ingenious, and captures beautifully the material dimension of Derrida’s work.” – Nicole Anderson, author of Derrida: Ethics Under Erasure
About the Author
Francesco Vitale is Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Salerno, Italy. He is the author of The Last Fortress of Metaphysics: Jacques Derrida and the Deconstruction of Architecture, also published by SUNY Press, and the author and editor of several books in Italian on Derrida and contemporary French philosophy.
Mauro Senatore is a British Academy Fellow at Durham University in the United Kingdom and Adjunct Professor of Contemporary French Philosophy at the Instituto de Humanidades, Universidad Diego Portales, Santiago, Chile. He is the author of Germs of Death: The Problem of Genesis in Jacques Derrida, also published by SUNY Press

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