Phenomenological Perspectives on Plurality offers twelve essays that discuss how the question of plurality is thought in contemporary continental philosophy. In particular, its essays investigate how this issue influences topics in ontology, aesthetics, and social and political philosophy as well as other fields. In the wake of the critique of metaphysics as onto-theology, the question of plurality has become a central focus of philosophy today. This question does not only give rise to rethink the beginning of metaphysics as well as some of its basic concepts, such as the notion of God, but also influences the contemporary conception of art, identity and community.
About the Author
Gert-Jan van der Heiden (1976), Radboud University, Nijmegen, is Professor of Metaphysics. He mainly publishes on contemporary continental philosophy, including his recent Ontology after Ontotheology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Thinking Plurality 1. Plurality and the Disintegration of Difference John Sallis 2. Plurality and the Question of God Ben Vedder 3. Decentered-ness: Phenomenological Explorations Günter Figal4. Reinventing the Wheel: Of Sovereignty, Autobiography, and Deconstruction Michael Naas 5. Identity or Identities? The In-Between of “No Longer and not Yet” Sanem Yazıcıoğlu6. Towards a Community of the Plural: Philosophical Pluralism, Hermeneutics, and Practice Nicholas Davey7. The Responsibility to Understand Theodore George8. Philosophy in the Plural: A View from Radical Exteriority Alejandro A. Vallega9. Origin, Freedom, and Gelassenheit: On Heidegger’s Second “Country Path Conversation” Holger Zaborowski10. The Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach to Plurality: Arendt, Habermas, and Gadamer Veronica Vasterling11. A System of Heterogenesis: Deleuze on Plurality Martijn Boven12. Deciding on Plurality? Plato’s Parmenides between Badiou and Agamben Gert-Jan van der Heiden