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Heidegger and the supposition of a single, objective world

McManus, Denis (2015) Heidegger and the supposition of a single, objective world European Journal of Philosophy, 23, (2), pp. 1-26. (doi:10.1111/j.1468-0378.2012.00529.x).

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Christina Lafont has argued that the early Heidegger's reflections on truth and understanding are incompatible with ‘the supposition of a single objective world’. This paper presents her argument, reviews some responses that the existing Heidegger literature suggests (focusing, in particular, on work by John Haugeland), and offers what I argue is a superior response. Building on a deeper exploration of just what the above ‘supposition’ demands (an exploration informed by the work of Bernard Williams and Adrian Moore), I argue that a crucial assumption that Lafont and Haugeland both accept must be rejected, namely, that different ‘understandings of Being’ can be viewed as offering ‘rival perspectives’ on a common subject-matter. I develop this case by drawing on an alternative account of what a Heideggerian ‘understanding of Being’ might be like.

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e-pub ahead of print date: 17 April 2012
Published date: June 2015
Organisations: Philosophy


Local EPrints ID: 208895
ISSN: 0966-8373
PURE UUID: f192a108-00b4-43e7-8bf8-ebd8b53f2b81

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Date deposited: 31 Jan 2012 12:23
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:47

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