Thinking From Solitude to Dialogue and Contemplation

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  • Copyright: 2006-03-15
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press

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Philosophers speakugrave;or, rather, they respond to various forms of speaking that are handed to them. This book by one of our most distinguished philosophers focuses on the communicative aspect of philosophical thought. Peperzak's central focus is ocirc;addressingouml;: what distinguishes speaking or writing from rumination is their being directed by someone to someone. To be involved in philosophy is to be part of a tradition through which thinkers propose their findings to others, who respond by offering their own appropriations to their interlocutors. After a critical sketch of the conception of modern philosophy, Peperzak presents a succinct analysis of speaking, insisting on the radical distinction between speaking about and speaking to. He enlarges this analysis to history and tries to answer the question whether philosophy also implies a certain form of listening and responding to words of God. Since philosophical speech about persons can neither honor nor reveal their full truth, speaking and thinking about God is even more problematic. Meditation about the archaic Word cannot reach the Speaker unless it turns into prayer, orugrave;as Descartes wroteugrave;into a contemplation that makes the thinker ocirc;consider, admire, and adore the beauty of God's immense light, as much as the eyesight of my blinded mind can tolerate.ouml; "Thinkingis a work of genuine and original scholarship which responds to the tradition of philosophical thinking with a critique of its language, style, focus, and scope.ouml;--Catriona Hanley, Loyola College, Maryland

Author Biography

Adriaan T. Peperzak hold the Arthur J. Schmitt Chair of Philosophy at Loyola University, Chicago. Among his books are Platonic Transformations, with and after Heath, Heidegger, and Levinas: Beyond: The Philosophy of Emanuel Levinas, and The Quest for Meaning: Friends of Wisdom from Plato to Levinas (Fordham)

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. xi
I Thinkp. 1
The Self-Conception of Modern Philosophyp. 1
The Practice of Modern Philosophyp. 6
The Philosophical Republicp. 18
From "I Think" to "We Speak"p. 22
Speakingp. 25
Speaking To/Speaking Aboutp. 25
You Speak to Mep. 29
Respondingp. 31
Teacher and Pupilp. 37
Listening Is Learningp. 41
Dialoguep. 45
From Dialogue to Conversationp. 50
Hermeneutics and/or Conversation?p. 54
Philosophy as Conversationp. 56
Sharing and Originalityp. 56
Issuesp. 58
The Thinkerp. 60
Individual Thinkers and the Goodp. 67
The Community of Differencep. 69
You and I Are Speakingp. 74
Speaking and Writingp. 76
From Listening to Speaking in Philosophyp. 78
Dialoguep. 87
Singularization of the Truthp. 90
Youp. 93
The Audiencep. 97
Proximity and Distancep. 103
You and Ip. 105
Dear Readerp. 109
System and Dialoguep. 112
Conversation and Universalityp. 115
Philosophy and Wisdomp. 118
Truth and Conversationp. 122
Participationp. 124
Contemplation or Colloquiump. 125
From Thinking to Prayerp. 127
Philosophy and Theologyp. 127
The Republic of Philosophyp. 135
Being Christian and Philosopherp. 136
Free Thinking as a Rightp. 137
Faith versus Surveyp. 140
Faith and Adorationp. 142
Trust-Gratitude-Hopep. 145
Lovep. 148
Faithful Lifep. 151
Communionp. 153
Answering the Wordp. 154
Prayer and Theologyp. 156
The Universe (Cosmotheology)p. 157
Distance and Intimacyp. 158
Faith and Dialoguep. 161
Notesp. 165
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