Alienation After Derrida (Continuum Studies in Continental by Simon Skempton

By Simon Skempton

Unfastened Will and Continental Philosophy explores the innovations of free-will and self-determination within the Continental philosophical culture. David Rose examines the ways that Continental philosophy bargains a attainable substitute to the hegemonic scientistic process taken by means of analytic philosophy. Rose claims that the matter of free-will is just an issue if one makes an pointless assumption in keeping with medical rationalism. within the sphere of human motion we think that, on the grounds that motion is a actual occasion, it needs to be reducible to the legislation and ideas of technological know-how. accordingly, the problematical nature of loose will increases its head, because the thought of loose will is intrinsically contradictory to this kind of reductionist outlook. This booklet means that the Continental thinkers supply a compelling replacement through targeting the phenomena of human motion and self-determination with a purpose to provide the reality of freedom in several phrases. therefore Rose bargains a revealing research into the right recommendations and different types of human freedom and motion.

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If either the past or the future are considered in the form of being external to their mutual mediation they become reified into existences that are alien to the human being, who in this case can only be a mere contemplator. 106 De-alienation in this case involves taking control over the historical process. This involves people seeing the movement of time itself as their own. Lukács writes: Man must be able to comprehend the present as a becoming . . by seeing in it the tendencies out of whose dialectical opposition he can make the future.

Of the two instances of kenosis, the divine and the human, that of God and that of ‘modern subjectivity’, would be a process inherent to . . a representation which at the same time exteriorizes and interiorizes (Entäußerung/Erinnerung). ]7 The Christian notion of the incarnation as the emptying externalization of the logos is later generalized in Hegel’s philosophy as the self-externalization of the initially ‘in-itself’ that is constitutive of a re-internalized self-conscious ‘for-itself’ identity.

1 22 Alienation After Derrida The historicity of logocentrism, the externalization of the logos from itself and its eventual return to itself, obeys a lapsarian logic. The concept of alienation itself involves this fall–redemption structure. 4 Saint Paul’s use of the term ‘ekeno- sen’ (translated as ‘emptied’) is a source of the Hegelian concept of Entäußerung (literally meaning ‘externalization’, but often translated as either ‘alienation’ or ‘divestment’). In his ‘Letter to the Philippians’, Paul writes: ‘Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, .

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