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The Ends Of Metaphysics

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We live in post-metaphysical times, at the times of, or even after, the end of metaphysics. The relatively broad unanimity with respect to this global description may, of course, be due to the fact that it seems to relate to some internal affair of philosophy - an activity which hardly commands a particularly great interest or respect today. On the other hand, "post-metaphysical" is used also to designate not the actual state of the general consciousness, but precisely the task of thinking to overcome this latter, still bogged down in a particularly thoughtless and virulent form of metaphysics, a remnant or the last consequence of its once grand and fertile project. And post-metaphysical thinking as the task of the day again can be conceived either as the consistent realisation of the demands of modernity (or post-modernity), or as the harbinger of its hoped-for end.

Keywords: metaphysics; philosophy; post-metaphysical thinking



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