My philosophical project and the empty jug

David Michael Levin*

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My philosophical project For quite a few years, I have been questioning vision, the gift of nature we call sight. My thinking in this regard has been guided by the hermeneutical method of phenomenology that Heidegger worked out in Being and Time, already announcing his decisive break with Husserl in the potentially very radical, very subversive formulation of his Introduction, because this method alone, I believe, truly and appropriately respects the reality of our experience as lived: it alone enables us to articulate this experience in a way that dynamically and creatively carries it forward; and it alone, therefore, appropriately legitimates and empowers subjectivity-beyond essentialism, beyond the will to power, beyond nihilism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInterpreting Visual Culture
Subtitle of host publicationExplorations in the Hermeneutics of Vision
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)0203984595, 0203984595, 9781134729234
ISBN (Print)0415157099, 9780415157094
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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