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William Desmond teaches at the Center for Metaphysics at the Higher Institute, the University of Leuven. He is the author of Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness: An Essay on Origins and Bein and the Between.
In many cases the articles contained in this volume are more polished versions of earlier journal articles and guest lectures by Desmond. As a result, they are often free of the overwhelming amount of terminology on which other of Desmond's works rely. Thus, this text offers the reader a chance to become aqcuainted with Desmond's thought and goals without becoming pre-maturely mired in a protracted study.
In addition to being a good introduction to Desmond's thought, this collection of related reflections on philosophy and religion is valuable for a number of reasons. The discussion of what Desmond labels 'The Sleep of Finitude' is a fitting critique of modern assumptions which offers suprising conections between major modern philosophers. The chapter devoted to Nietzsche again offers insightful criticisms, but in a manner which allows Nietzsche's detractors to appreciate his thought even as they attack it. Finally, there are many points where Desmond offers a reminder of the inexact nature of philosophy and the necessity to avoid betraying the wonder and reverance that give birth to philosophy, science, and religion.
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