Contemporary Continental Philosophy in Canada
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: University of Ottawa Press
The aim of this collection of essays is to introduce interesting work within contemporary Canadian philosophy from the continental or contemporary European perspective. Far from merely representing the European tradition, however, we wanted to focus on original philosophical research. In structuring this book we also sought an approach congenial to future research, and not just current work. From the earliest inception of this project we had two ideas in mind. First, ...
We would like to thank the many students and faculty who participated in this project. This includes many unnamed but worthy people we were ultimately unable to include in this volume. We owe a debt of gratitude to the University of Guelph’s Philosophy Department for their support and encouragement throughout the manuscript development stages, from its conceptual genesis to its final production. Also, we would be remiss ...
Chapter 1 Simultaneity and Delay: Lampert’s Already and Not Yet of Now
The nature of time has been an irresistible mystery for philosophers for thousands of years. The same is no less true today, although questions of time have changed dramatically under the influence of physicists such as Newton and Einstein, and the hegemony of the natural sciences. For instance, most no longer think of time in terms of the Ancient Greeks’ cyclical time, modelled on the periodical rhythms of nature, or Christian eschatological time (rectilinear historical time), with its actual ...
Chapter 2 Faire sens du sensé ou Bergo et la sortie de soi par l’arrivée de l’autre
Si l´autre brusque ma pensée, s´il interrompt l´idée que je me fais – interruption de l´activité même de toute création de concept –, c´est qu´il brise la tâche incessante que l´intentionnalité prend à bras le corps, soit celle de la connaissance. Néanmoins, l´épistémie faite du monde par un épicentre subjectif semblait, jusqu´à Lévinas, englober l´autre (dans le cartésianisme ou par l´intersubjectivité husserlienne, notamment). Après tout, ...
Chapter 3 Madison and Hermeneutic Intentionality: Consciousness, Language, Culture
The following remarks on the concept of intentionality will follow the path traversed by Gary Madison, the person who introduced me to phenomenology. By inquiring into intentionality I aim to account for at least some of the central features of Madison’s phenomenological hermeneutics. I share Madison’s conviction that the fruitful future of phenomenology and hermeneutics to a large degree depends upon the continuing dialogue between them. My aim here is to explore ...
Chapter 4 Mallin and Philip Glass’s “The Grid”
Arguably one of the most difficult tasks of philosophy is to grasp where we are today. While undoubtedly this has something to do with the usual biases of the day, in that philosophers are as surely bound by mundane prejudices as everyone else, it also seems to derive from a factor peculiar to philosophy. It is no accident that philosophers have long dealt with the question of the good life. Philosophers ...
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Chapter 6 Mediating Play: Analyzing Jennifer Bates’s “Interplay” with Hegel, Shakespeare, and Morality
This paper concerns an important and prominent theme in Hegelian study: the power of mediation to unite diverse voices in dark times. I begin with my interpretation of Hegel’s phenomenological subjectivity of “self-consciousness.” According to my reading of his Phenomenology of Spirit, his dialogical project gives significant emphasis to the idea that mediation acts as a dialogical process of repre-...
Chapter 7 Nicholson: Through Self-loathing to Philosophy
In his contribution to a collection honouring his fellow Heidegger scholar William J. Richardson, Graeme Nicholson explains why the preposition “through” governs the title of his essay “Through Phenomenology to Concealment.”1 Nicholson explains his choice by describing how Heidegger persuaded Richardson to change the subtitle of his book, which initially read Heidegger: From Phenomenology to Thought, but which came to read Through Phenomenology to Thought.2 As Nicholson points out, this seemingly ...
Chapter 8 Russon’s Pharmacy: Desire, Philosophy, and the Ambiguity of “Mental Health”
In his book Human Experience: Philosophy, Neurosis, and the Elements of Everyday Life (2003), John Russon explores some of the major themes of contemporary European philosophy, such as time, embodiment, and language, and does so in the clear, engaging, and conceptually precise manner that I, as one of his grateful students, have come to recognize as the hallmark of his teaching style. In fact, Human Experience is a book ...
Chapter 9 Contingency as Pedagogy: Burbidge on Hegel and Contingency
John Burbidge is one of the foremost scholars of Hegel in the English-speaking world. He has helped to bring Hegel into the twenty-first century, and has overturned many preconceived notions about Hegel’s philosophy. My attempt in this paper is to illustrate the originality of Burbidge’s thought by appealing to his most recent book, Hegel’s Systematic Contingency, ...