5 de marzo de 2008

Recensión de "Interpreting philosophy" de N Rescher

Nicholas Rescher: Interpreting Philosophy: The Elements of Philosophical Hermeneutics

Reviewed by Pol Vandevelde, Marquette University

(Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews)

Nicholas Rescher gives us a metaphilosophical account of the practice of philosophy. In the preface, he addresses metaphilosophy as the "poor and neglected cousin" of philosophy. As a discourse about what philosophy is and how it functions, the book is both a diagnosis of contemporary philosophy and a prescription for what it should be.

Rescher diagnoses contemporary philosophy as multifaceted and fractious, challenging any attempt to find a unity in the proliferation of investigations that are increasingly specific with regard to their topics (for example, the many types of applied philosophy), their perspective (for example, feminism), or their method (linguistic and conceptual analysis or deconstructionism, for example). This specialization and division of labor among philosophers have created a tension between technicality and accessibility, so that "after World War II it becomes literally impossible for American philosophers to keep up with what their colleagues were writing" (48).

Philosophy is intrinsically interpretation, not only in the sense of interpreting other authors, but primarily of interpreting experience and reality. (etc.)

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