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This is a philosophical investigation of the nature and the limits of thought. Drawing on recent developments in the field of logic. Graham Priest shows that the description of such limits leads to contradiction, and argues that these contradictions are in fact veridical. Beginning with an analysis of the way in which these limits arise in pre-Kantian philosophy. Priest goes on to illustrate how the nature of these limits was theorized by Kant and Hegel. He offers new interpretations of Berkeley's master argument for idealism and Kant on the antinomies. He explores the paradoxes of self-reference and provides a unified account of the structure of such paradoxes. The book goes on to trace the theme of the limits of thought in modern philosophy of language, including discussions of the ideas of Wittgenstein and Derrida.

This second and extended edition includes new chapters on Heidegger and Nagarjuna as well as reflections on reactions to the first edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199244218
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 2/27/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 820,335
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Introduction 1
Beyond the limit 3
Pt. 1 The limits of thought in pre-Kantian philosophy 9
1 The limits of expression 11
2 The limits of iteration 25
3 The limits of cognition 40
4 The limits of conception 56
Pt. 2 The limits of thought in Kant and Hegel 71
5 Noumena and the categories 73
6 Kant's antinomies 85
7 Hegel's infinities 102
Pt. 3 Limits and the paradoxes of self-reference 111
8 Absolute infinity 113
9 Vicious circles 128
10 Parameterisation 141
11 Sets and classes 156
Technical appendix 170
Pt. 4 Language and its limits 177
12 The unity of thought 179
13 Translation, reference, and truth 195
14 Consciousness, rules, and differance 209
Conclusion 225
Pt. 5 Post terminum 235
15 Heidegger and the grammar of being 237
16 Nagarjuna and the limits of thought 249
17 Further reflections 271
Bibliography 297
Index 309
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