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Hermeneutic Perspectives on Ontology, after Metaphysics has Been Overcome: From Levinas to Merleau-Ponty

Mackinlay, Shane (2017) Hermeneutic Perspectives on Ontology, after Metaphysics has Been Overcome: From Levinas to Merleau-Ponty. Sophia: International Journal of Philosophy and Traditions , 56 (1). pp. 115-124. ISSN 0038-1527

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    Abstract

    One of the ways in which Heidegger characterised his philosophical project was as ‘overcoming metaphysics.’ This was a way of expressing the task of destruction—or, in Derrida’s version, deconstruction—of the tradition of western philosophy. One of the consequences of Heidegger’s critique of traditional western metaphysics is that, in the decades since, there has been a reluctance to engage in anything that might be called ‘metaphysics’. This is somewhat ironic, given that one of the branches of metaphysics is ontology, and that Heidegger explicitly describes his own work as phenomenological ontology. This essay sketches some ontological implications of the thought of Emmanuel Levinas and Jean-Luc Marion, then outlines some of the ways in which that ontology might be modified in light of hermeneutic critiques of Levinas and Marion, and concludes by suggesting that an ontology informed by these hermeneutic insights can be traced in the thought of Hans-Georg Gadamer and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

    Item Type: Published Articles
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    Keywords (separated by commas): Metaphysics, Ontology, Hermeneutics, Levinas, Jean-Luc Marion, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty
    Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220309 Metaphysics
    22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220310 Phenomenology
    Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
    Subject Area(s): A - Philosophy
    Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
    Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Shane Mackinlay
    Date Deposited: 04 May 2017 10:35
    Last Modified: 04 May 2017 10:35
    URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2356

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