Abstract

This paper tracks the proximate emergence of postructuralist theorizing to a series of receptions and transformations of the post-Kantian German university metaphysics elaborated by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger. It approaches this metaphysics not as a body of doctrine but as a practice of attuning the self to a privileged way of acceding to truth. This permits the paper to focus on a series of contingently related historical contexts in which the spiritual self-transformation programmed by this practice is incorporated into an array of paraphilosophical disciplines—giving rise to poststructuralism—and used occasionally as an instrument of social and political mobilization.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1080-661X
Print ISSN
0028-6087
Pages
pp. 491-516
Launched on MUSE
2010-12-30
Open Access
No
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