Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 6, 2012 - Philosophy - 297 pages
Ever since the beginning of the modern phenomenological movement disciplined attention has been paid to various patterns of human experi ence as they are actually lived through in the concrete. This has brought forth many attempts to tind a general philosophical position which can do justice to these experiences without reduction or distQrtion. In France, the best known of these recent attempts have been made by Sartre in his Being and Nothingness and by Merleau-Ponty in his Phenomenol ogy of Perception and certain later fragments. Sartre has a keen sense for life as it is lived, and his work is marked by many penetrating descrip tions. But his dualistic ontology of the en-soi versus the pour-soi has seemed over-simple and inadequate to many critics, and has been seriously qualitied by the author himself in his latest Marxist work, The Critique of Dialetical Reason. Merleau-Ponty's major work is a lasting contri but ion to the phenomenology of the pre-objective world of perception. But asi de from a few brief hints and sketches, he was unable, before his unfortunate death in 1961, to work out carefully his ultimate philosophi cal point of view. This leaves us then with the German philosopher, Heidegger, as the only contemporary thinker who has formulated a total ontology which claims to do justice to the stable results of phenomenology and to the liv ing existential thought of our time.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
11
PREFACE
21
A METAPHYSICS AND TRANSCENDENCE
33
B SEPARATION AND DISCOURSE
53
TRUTH AND JUSTICE
82
SEPARATION AND THE ABSOLUTE
102
A SEPARATION AS LIFE
109
B ENJOYMENT AND REPRESENTATION
122
A THE AMBIGUITY OF LOVE
254
B PHENOMENOLOGY OF EROS
256
FECUNDITY
267
SUBJECTIVITY IN EROS
270
E TRANSCENDENCE AND FECUNDITY
274
F FILIALITY AND FRATERNITY
278
G THE INFINITY OF TIME
281
CONCLUSIONS
287

THE DWELLING
152
E THE WORLD OF PHENOMENA
175
A SENSIBILITY AND THE FACE
187
B ETHICS AND THE FACE
194
The Other and the Others
212
The Asymmetry of the Interpersonal
215
Will and Reason
216
THE ETHICAL RELATION AND TIME
220
Commerce the Historical Relation and the Face
226
The Will and Death
232
Patience
236
The Truth of the Will
240
Beyond the Face
249
From the Like to the Same
289
Being Is Exteriority
290
The Finite and the Infinite
292
Creation
293
Exteriority and Language
294
Expression and Image
297
Against the Philosophy of the Neuter
298
Subjectivity
299
The Maintenance of Subjectivity The Reality of the Inner Life and the Reality of the State The Meaning of Subjectivity
300
Beyond Being
301
Freedom Invested
302
Being as Goodnessthe IPluralismPeace
304
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