The Voiding of Being: The Doing and Undoing of Metaphysics in Modernity (Studies in Philosophy & the History of Philosophy) (Hardcover)

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In contemporary philosophy the status, indeed the very viability of metaphysics is a much contested issue. The reflections offered here explore diverse aspects of this contested status and offer a defence of metaphysics. In other works, perhaps most fully in Being and the Between, William Desmond has tried to develop what he calls a metaxological metaphysics in response to different skeptical, if not hostile approaches to metaphysics quite common in our time. The Voiding of Being complements the systematic dimensions of this metaxological metaphysics outlined in Being and the Between. It presents a set of studies which amplify important themes in the unfolding of modern metaphysics, in relation to major earlier and contemporary thinkers, while adding nuance to what is involved in the more systematic articulation of a metaxological metaphysics. There is what the author calls a voiding of being in modernity, expressed in diverse developments of thought. "The Voiding of Being," might seems to conjure up too negative associations but the aim of the thoughts gathered here is not at all negative. While attempting to understand the voiding of being in modern thought, our appreciation of the promise of metaphysical thinking can also be renewed and indeed extended - extended beyond skepticism and hostility to metaphysics. Desmond engages many interlocutors along the way, from the long tradition, such as Heraclitus, Aquinas and Hegel, as well as more contemporary thinkers like Heidegger and Marion. As the book's subtitle suggests, it is concerned with the continued doing of metaphysics and not only the contemporary undoing of it.

About the Author

William Desmond is David Cook Chair in Philosophy, Villanova University, Thomas A. F. Kelly Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Maynooth University, Ireland and Professor of Philosophy Emeritus, Institute of Philosophy, KU Leuven, Belgium.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780813232485
ISBN-10: 0813232481
Publisher: Catholic University of America Press
Publication Date: December 23rd, 2019
Pages: 312
Language: English
Series: Studies in Philosophy & the History of Philosophy