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Kant & Post-Kantian German Philosophy Group Talk (David Suarez, Toronto)
Friday December 4, 2020, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The Kant & Post-Kantian German Philosophy Research Interest Group is pleased to welcome as a speaker David Suarez, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy at U of T. His research is focused on understanding subjectivity and its place in the natural world. His work draws on Kant, and the history of post-Kantian philosophy, so as to frame and address problems in metaphysics and philosophy of mind. One of Dr. Suarez’s central aims is to show that understanding the natural conditions that make the world available to us requires us to reconceive nature along the lines explored by phenomenologists.
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Big Nothing: Heidegger and Wittgenstein on Making Sense
This essay compares Wittgenstein’s attempt to say the unsayable in the Tractatus to Heidegger’s talk about ‘the nothing’ in “What is Metaphysics?” Against Wittgenstein’s contention that talk about the grounds of intelligibility can only be nonsense, I argue that Heidegger succeeds in making sense because he intends to direct our attention to a feature of the way that beings manifest themselves. A ‘logical analysis’ of Heidegger’s language might direct us to look, paradoxically, for a ‘Big Nothing,’ but it is the character of that very looking which allows to get a fix on the meaning and significance of ‘the nothing’. I turn to Audre Lorde, and to Matherne and Riggle’s recent interpretation of aesthetic experience in Schiller, for a model of the kind of activity that is involved in understanding talk about the nothing.
This is a read-ahead meeting. The paper will be made available to those interested a week in advance of the event; please contact David Suarez for a copy.
The Kant & Post-Kantian German Idealism Group is a a subgroup of the History of Philosophy Research Group, which focuses on European philosophy in Kant and post-Kantian traditions.SHARE