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Existential Epistemology: A Heideggerian Critique of the Cartesian Project Paperback – May 9, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0198239222 ISBN-10: 019823922X

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (May 9, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019823922X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0198239222
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert r doede on December 19, 2013
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Richardson does a fine job delineating Heidegger's early views on Dasein. Dasein's way of being in the world is to be temporally stretched across time's tenses in pursuit of various ends within a constellation of intelligibility bestowed by a web of semantic assignments originated and held in place by other Daseins seeking their various ends and doing their thing as Das Man. Dasein and its (existentiell) projections as well as all other beings are ultimately contingency all the way down and the tacit awareness of the nullity such contingency indicates is what motivates Dasein to Fall into worldly absorption for distraction and to interpret everything (including itself) from the perspective of the present-at-hand as static agglomerations of externally related entities thereby yielding an apparent explicit and objective securing of the world and Dasein's epistemological grounding within it--an inauthentic way of coping with its own ontological insecurity.

Richardson's basic claim is that for Heidegger knowing is a temporally extended, contextually embedded, internal relation that can only get reductively distorted into the static, decontextualized, external relations of S to p by the standardization of the present-at-hand perspective fundamental to the framework of epistemic justification embraced by most modern episemologists. Hence, a pretty interesting clipping of epistemic wings.

I wouldn't recommend this book to someone who is either brand new of Heidegger or to someone who is looking for a thorough and detailed critique of the modern epistemological project. The book is a bit technical and is more devoted to grasping Heidegger's existential analytic than to modern epistemology's defects. That said, the book is nonetheless well worth reading for the clarity it offers on Heidegger's early view of Dasein's wayfaring through time.
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