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  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Philosophical artifice : An enquiry with relation to gilles deleuze's difference and repetition and the logic of sense

Farrell, Patricia 2011 (has links)
No description available.

Genealogy and its Shadows : Reading Nietzsche with Deleuze, Foucault and Derrida

Ward, Joseph 2007 (has links)
The concept ofgenealogy has come to be seen in continental Nietzsche studies as cen~al to Nietzsche's project, indeed as designating the philosophical approach ofthe mature Nietzsche. I explore how this state of affairs has come about by reading the texts ofthree French-language writers whom I take to have particularly influenced the way continental philosophy, and even to some extent analytic philosophy, has come to see Nietzsche. Gilles Deleuze was the first to make genealogy central to his view ofNietzsche, but Deleuze's tendency to misleading abstraction in reading Nietzsche can be seen to have far-reaching consequences for many aspects of his interpretation, including his famous reading ofeternal return. Michel Foucault reminds us ofthe properly historical aspect of Nietzsche's philosophy, but turns genealogy into a historicism based on presuppositions quite other than those ofNietzsche. And in Jacques Derrida's adoption ofNietzsche as a forebear genealogy becomes bound up with conceptions ofopposition and self-reference which are quite foreign to Nietzsche's way of thinking. In the process ofexploring these tensions I contend that 'genealogy' is for Nietzsche a particular word tied to a particular field, that field explored in the text ofNietzsche's which bears the word in its title, On the Genealogy ofMorals, and definitely not a word which designates his philosophy as a whole. The concept of''Nietzschean genealogy' is not a substantial and solid textual object offering itself to interpretations which could be construed as its 'shadows'; rather there is from the start something shadowy about the very idea of'genealogy'. In demonstrating this I hope to open the way for a reading of Nietzsche's philosophy in which 'genealogy' is seen as a single aspect ofa much broader philosophical project.

An Analysis of Qualitative Feel as the Introspectible Subjective Aspect of a Space of Reasons

Beaton, Michael James Stuart 2009 (has links)
No description available.

'The Law of Life': Nietzsche, Justice and Self-Overcoming

Gillham, Simon 2007 (has links)
In this thesis I attempt to elucidate the complex relationship between life and justice in Nietzsche's thought. My basic contention is that this relationship needs to be understood metaphysically as a relation ofaccordance, such that just people and their acts accord with the nature ofthe world. I argue that the recent preference in the literature for naturalistic readings ofNietzsche misses something important about life and justice and in doing so fails to give an adequate account ofNietzsche's moral thought. In the opening introductory chapter I set out the ways that Nietzsche uses the terms 'life' and 'justice' and then outline three basic questions that his usage provokes. I go on to look at the way these terms have been understood in the secondary literature, focusing on two examples representative ofdifferent styles ofinterpretation and giving reasons for favouring my own metaphysical reading. In the second chapter I pursue the question ofjustice through an analysis ofHeidegger's interpretation ofNietzsche, in which I introduce the idea ofjustice as a metaphysical idea. I develop this in chapter three by tracing out the influence ofHeraclitus' conception ofjustice on the second Untimely Meditation. In chapter four I consider the alternative naturalistic account of justice through an engagement with Nietzsche's critique ofutilitarianism. The final two chapters ofthe thesis are concerned with the key idea ofself-overcoming, through which the relationship between life and justice is mediated. In chapter five I examine this in relation to the idea oflove in Thus Spoke Zarathustra and in chapter six I trace the connections between Nietzsche and Kant by offering a close reading ofthe third essay ofOn the Genealogy ofMorality. I return to the questions posed at the outset in my conclusion.

Adorno's Critique of Kant's Practical Philosophy

Jutten, Timo 2008 (has links)
This thesis examines Adorno's critique of Kant's practical philosophy, as it is developed in Negative Dialectics and in Adorno's published lectures. Its starting point is the conviction that Adorno's Kant critique is best understood as a critique of conceptual reification. According to Adorno, Kant reifies the foundational concepts of his practical philosophy and thereby elides their historically specific and socially contested character. The thesis begins with an elaboration ofAdorno's critique of conceptual reification, which it will apply to the foundational concepts of Kant's practical philosophy. In the second chapter it focuses on Kant's 'rescuing urge'. It argues that Kant's philosophy is motivated by the urge to save the achievements of the rationalist philosophical tradition from the onslaught of philosophical scepticism, scientific progress and sociopolitical change. It concludes that Kant achieves this salvation in part, but only at the cost of rendering concepts such as freedom so abstract and thing-like that their mediation with empirical reality becomes impqssible. In the next three chapters the thesis discusses Kant's resolution of the antinomy of freedom and determinism, his moral psychology (focusing on Kant's conception of the will) and his account of the good and the phenomenology of moral judgment. It concludes that in all these cases conceptual reification undermines the force of Kant's thought. The thesis contrasts two important concepts of Kant's practical philosophy: rational agency and maturity (Miindigkeit). Adorno is very critical of Kant's philosophy, because it imbues rational agency with unconditional value. On Adorno's analysis, rational agency is conceptually reified in modern capitalist societies. Its hypostatisation establishes a standard of self-determination, which most people fail to achieve. It is damaging to those who cannot. The thesis concludes with the suggestion that Adorno finds in maturity a more suitable concept for the elaboration of an ethics of resistance.

Articulations ofNature and Politics in the Philosophy of G.W.F. Hegel

Roupa, Vasiliki 2007 (has links)
In the thesis I examine the articulations of nature and politics in the thought ofG.W.F. Hegel. I claim that for the Western philosophical tradition nature is the irreducible horizon in which the political is played out. This I take to be the case in both a negative and a positive sense: on the one hand, nature channels the community toward sensuous particularity and the satisfaction ofneeds, thus contravening the movement towards a higher ethical life; on the other hand, it is the very nature of the zoon politikon that gives rise to the ethical moment that community properly is. Taking my cue from Hegel's concept of'speculative words', i.e. words that incorporate two opposite me'anings, I argue that this apparent contradiction can be resolved ifwe distinguish between two different senses operative in philosophical and ~veryday thinking about nature, namely nature as sensuousness and as the index ofa being's inherent potentialities. Hegel's distinctive contribution consists, I suggest, in showing that these two meanings have not been accidentally conjoined in the word 'nature' but are a symptom of the dialecticity at work in that concept. I examine how this dialecticity operates in the areas of (a) language and logic and (b) society and politics, and argue for are-evaluation of Hegel's philosophy in terms of the possibilities it opens for re-thinking politics in the direction of finitude and the fragility of sense.

'Infinite Becoming' : The Ethical and Religious Implications of Kierkegaard's Notion of the Self

Moar, Magnus 2009 (has links)
No description available.

Aesthetics and ethics at the intersection: Contemporary reflections on the philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer

O'Brien, Marianne 2008 (has links)
In the last hundred years of commentarial literature on Schopenhauer, the breadth and profundity of the relationships that exist between aesthetics and ethics in his philosophy have been overlooked and overshadowed by studies of Schopenhauer as a metaphysician. This exploration of the status of the metaphysical connection between aesthetics and ethics in his philosophy. In order to establish the significance of this connection for contemporary debates on aesthetics and ethics, I elucidate Schopenhauer's philosophy in a manner that addresses its inconsistencies and inadequacies whilst being conducive to the clear articulation and development of its key themes and central insights.

Ibn Zukri's Sharh al-Nasihah al-Kafiyah : a critical edition of the first part with introduction and notes

Al-Khazraji, A. I. S. M. I. A. 1996 (has links)
No description available.

Activity, passivity and the politics of will and disposition in the thought of John Locke and Jean Jacques Rousseau : a philosophical and contextual examination of Locke's and Rousseau's theories of volition and their moral and political significance

Thompson, Benjamin Christopher 2009 (has links)
This thesis addresses the creative encounter between volition and politics, in the philosophical, theological and political writings of Locke and Rousseau. Utilising historical, contextual and philosophical forms of interpretation, it aims to explore whether Locke or Rousseau held consistent views about volition and what those were. It then seeks to cash out these views for their understanding of political institutions and political agents. This thesis explores the way Locke and Rousseau understood volition according to a traditional distinction between active and passive powers; however, both of them reconsider the nature of this dichotomy. Locke, it is argued, thought volition could be either active or passive. Rousseau, by contrast, believed volition to be a composite of interrelating active and passive capacities. Both thinkers identify active willing with real virtue and freedom, and both believe a kind of sublimated love is essential to realise this activity. Furthermore, this thesis considers the ways in which these theories of volition underlie Locke and Rousseau’s broader understandings of an agent’s disposition. This links Locke’s views on active volition to the mentalities appropriate for discourse, philosophy and Christian charity. Likewise, Rousseau’s understanding of true philosophy and virtue presuppose the conditions of active, moral will. This thesis cashes out the political importance of volition for Locke and Rousseau in two ways: a) as a heuristic and polemical device to reject unacceptable forms of government and to construct appropriate ones; b) as a philosophical framework with which the relationship between political agents and political institutions can be explained and constructed so as to cultivate citizens’ active will. Thus, the active dispositions appropriate to legitimate communication and politics are pivotal for Locke’s refutation of Filmer. But further, Lockean politics is constituted to preserve a space in which active dispositions might actually flourish. For Rousseau, the terms of the state of nature, the original compact and the Sovereign itself are all attuned to human agency, yet, this thesis explores how this scheme of political justice is only realised when the General Will is determined and enlightened. Thus, Rousseau uses his understanding of agency to explain the Legislator, his relation to the body politic, and the subsequent relations amongst the people, the Sovereign, Government and public moeurs as actual phenomena by which an active will is evoked.

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