Benjamin Phillip Anders

Benjamin Phillip Anders, studied at The New School for Social Research and University of Bonn. In addition to issues in contemporary international politics his interests include ontology and epistemology German Idealism and contemporary analytic and continental philosophy, ontology and politics in medieval Islam Christendom from a compartist perspective, and ancient philosophy with a focus on Neoplatonism. He is in his final year as an undergraduate at The New School and will apply to various Phd programs in philosophy and intellectual history in Autumn 2012. In addition to the present essay, his paper ›The Paradigm of Paradigms: an Essay in Comparative Ontology‹ will be published in a forthcoming issue of ›Juventas. ZfjP‹ as well as the Vanderbilt philosophy journal ›Geist‹.

A Modest Plea for Illegitimate Grievances: Notes on the Particulars of a Universal Revolution

The Paradigm of Paradigms

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The present paper explores, in broad terms, the epistemological axioms undergirding the account of the sense »touch« in Descartes’ Treatise on Man and The World as well as selections from the famous Introduction to Heidegger’s Being and Time. The analytic framework applied to these texts is the notion of a ‘paradigm’ in Thomas Kuhn’s essay The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. This application leads to an assessment of the fundamental assumptions underlying Kuhn’s analytic framework, with the question of whether Kuhn’s historicist methodology should be regarded as entailing a concomitant »ontology« in mind. This question is posed by means of thinking Kuhn’s Structure alongside the conceptual concerns elaborated in the work of the contemporary philosopher Markus Gabriel. Conclusions as to how formal principles inherent in all the above works can provide a conceptual mapping of the epistemic problems concerning by the divided discipline calling itself »philosophy« today confronts are then offered.

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