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Possibility Necessity and Existence: Abbagnano and His Predecessors (Themes In The History Of Philo)

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An investigation of Abbagnano's attempt to raise possibility to a level of prime importance and his understanding of existence

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Nino Languilli is Professor of Philosophy at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Series: Themes In The History Of Philo
  • Hardcover: 205 pages
  • Publisher: Temple University Press (June 19, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 087722921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0877229216
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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Langiulli discusses Nicola Abbagnano's existentialist philosophy in PNE. Abbagnano's philosophy revolved around the concept of 'possibility' - what it truly meant, how it was related to other modalities, how it functioned in comparison with previous modalities in the history of philosophy, etc. As Langiulli says, "The originality in Abbagnano's philosophical project lies in his attempt to raise possibility to a level of prime importance" (xii).

Langiulli believes Abbagnano's thought went through four phases. The first phase was epistemological, seeking out the limits of reason. Secondly is the quest for 'the principle' of metaphysics, where he was led to conclude that existence is the fundamental problem of metaphysics. Thirdly, Abaggnano first formulates his 'positive' existentialism. Here he took time to criticize other existentialists of his time. This term 'positive' was rhetorical. He criticized Heidegger for maintaining that humanity is in a fundamental relationship with nothingness. And he criticized Jaspers for making the goal of being itself too impossible to grasp. Fourthly, he develops his positive existentialism further, criticizing and dialoguing with Lavelle, Le Senne, Marcel, Sarte, et al.

Abbagnano's positive existentialism has to satisfy some requirements. Possibility must remain true possibility. It cannot be reduced to necessity or impossibility. And it must find a guide to adequately choose existential possibilities (18-19). His methodology is essentially empirical and requires verifiability. Being itself is possibility--humanity IS possibility. Thus his existentialism is realistic--it does not preclude to offer possibilities that are not founded on the past.
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