Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Language: Essays on Heidegger and Gadamer

2015.12.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stefano Marino, Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Language: Essays on Heidegger and Gadamer, Cambridge Scholars, 2015, 141pp., $71.99
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2015.12.03 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Stefano Marino, Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Language: Essays on Heidegger and Gadamer, Cambridge Scholars, 2015, 141pp., $71.99 (hbk), ISBN 9781443876506. Reviewed by John McCumber, UCLA This book is a series of separate essays exploring the relationships of Gadamer and Heidegger to each other and to other figures such as Arendt, McDowell, and Rorty. The unifying factor is not so much a philosophical thesis as, first, sympathy for the two eponymous Germans, and then for Gadamer over Heidegger. Each essay is clearly written, extremely well-informed, lucid and insightful. Because the essays are self-contained, each needs to be summarized, but with a warning: they contain so many fascinating digressions and obiter dicta that no summary can do full justice to any of them. The first essay, "Gadamer and McDowell on Second Nature, World/Environment, and Language," is the longest and most complex in the book. It. . .

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