The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the Politics of Historical Ontology

2015.01.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Nichols, The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the Politics of Historical Ontology, Stanford University Press,
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2015.01.17 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Robert Nichols, The World of Freedom: Heidegger, Foucault, and the Politics of Historical Ontology, Stanford University Press, 2014, 277pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN 9780804792646. Reviewed by Alan D. Schrift, Grinnell College Robert Nichols's basic idea is an interesting one: viewing Foucault's "care of the self" as a successful historicizing of Heidegger's existential analytic of care (Sorge) offers us a powerful alternative to the "prevailing (Kantian) tradition['s problematic] model of freedom as autonomous rational willing" (9). Along the way he provides clear and thoughtful reconstructions of Heidegger's and Foucault's attempts to develop a situational account of freedom, while engaging some other, in Nichols's view, less successful attempts by Herbert Marcuse and Axel Honneth to develop Heideggerian alternatives to the prevailing Kantian tradition. The book unfolds in seven chapters. In the first, Nichols. . .

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