Ontology after Onto-theology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy

2015.02.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Ontology after Onto-theology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy, Duquesne
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2015.02.06 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Gert-Jan van der Heiden, Ontology after Onto-theology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy, Duquesne University Press, 2014, 340pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780820704722. Reviewed by Peter Gratton, Memorial University of Newfoundland There is no shortage of books declaring an end to the philosophies of hermeneutics and deconstruction. This book provides its own eulogy of a sort given the "renewed interest in first philosophy or ontology" by leading thinkers in Continental philosophy (1). Mentioning the work of Alain Badiou and the speculative realists in particular, this ontological thinking, Gert-Jan van der Heiden argues, is salutary for bringing to the fore perennial questions about the meaning of existence occluded by decades of literary-style readings and interpretations of major traditional texts, without thinkers stepping out on their own to wager anything about the nature of the. . .

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