A Philosophical Daybook: Post-critical Investigations
By: William H. Poteat (author)Hardback
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It was the invention and dissemination of alphabetic literacy some twenty-six hundred years ago that produced the Enlightenment that became our philosophical tradition. Descartes consolidated in his mind-body dualism the values and images of literacy that Western intellectuals embraced. But literacy was not without price, according to William H. Poteat: in a world of printed words and discarnate readers, nihilism and cultural insanity reign.Poteat strikes through the veil of our literate imaginations to an archaic but still active reality that antedates literacy the intractable and substantial actuality of the lively words we speak and hear spoken. In the medium of printed words he seeks the philosophic import of our ongoing oral/aural life, which has been obscured and denigrated by the images and values we have learned as readers. By every available rhetorical strategy, therefore, this must be an anti-book. It must strive to defeat our centuries-old habituation to the book as spectacle, in order that we may be brought to dwell in the immediacies of our lively selves in the world, as we do in our oral/aural life."A Philosophical Daybook: Post-Critical Investigations" sets out to induce a radical and irreversible transformation in the way we apprehend the world and our being in it. With journal entries written over fifteen months, Poteat attempts the impossible. In a world threatened by our own false conception of our nature and our place in the world, Poteat by a feat of philosophical archaeology seeks, still intact within ourselves, the ground for a new philosophy of the human."
William H. Poteat is Professor Emeritus of Religion and Comparative Studies at Duke University. He is the author of Polanyian Meditations: In Search of a Post-Critical Logic and a co-editor or Intellect and Hope: Essays in the Thought of Michael Polanyi.
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