Devoted to the most important American Continental philosopher of his generation and one of the discipline's founding fathers, and featuring some of the field's most distinguished luminaries, this anthology constitutes a critical document in Continental philosophy, reflecting its recent history, its present state, and its debt to Calvin O. Schrag. Taking up themes central to Schrag's own philosophical concerns, these essays refer throughout to his salient ""interventions"" in the dialogue of late twentieth-century thought characterized as ""postmodernity."" In doing so, all contributors address, implicitly or directly, the question of philosophy's role and responsibility, or ""task."" The volume begins with an overview of this task and of Schrag's contributions to it, written from the perspective of a resolute defender of the phenomenological tradition that Schrag's work has extended and reconfigured. The following essays are organized around the four conceptual figures that are widely considered Schrag's most significant and original philosophical achievements: transversal rationality, the self after modernity, the fourth cultural value sphere, and communicative praxis. Following and expanding on the implications of these themes, the authors focus on topics ranging from Cartesian rationality to Foucauldian rational relativism; from transcendence in relation to the self to the Schragean self's connections with discourse, action, and community; from religion's disruptive presence in contemporary philosophy to recent developments in the philosophy of language. Taken together, these essays go beyond an appreciation of Calvin Schrag's contribution to Continental philosophy to substantially elaborate upon and extend that contribution.
MARTIN BECK MATUSTIK is an associate professor of Philosophy and director of the English and Philosophy Ph.D. Program at Purdue University. He is the author of Spectors of Liberation; Great Refusals in the New World Order (SUNY Press, 1998) and Jurgen Habermas: A Philosophical-Political Profile (Rowman & Littlefield, 2001). WILLIAM L. McBRIDE is a professor of Philosophy at Purdue University. He co-edited with Calvin O. Schrag Phenomenology in a Pluralistic Context (SUNY Press, 1983) and is the author of Philosophical Reflections on the Changes in Eastern Europe (Rowman & Littlefield, 1999).
Preface William L McBride and Martin Beck Matustik Section One: An Overview Bringing Philosophy into the Twenty-first Century: Calvin Schrag and the Phenomenological Movement Gary B. Madison Section Two: Transversal Rationality ""Where Are You Standing...?"": Descartes and the Question of Historicity Robert Scharff ""Catch Me if You Can"": Foucault on the Repressive Hypothesis Sandra Bartky Transversality and Geophilosophy in the Age of Globalization Hwa-Yol Jung The Ethics of the Glance Edward Casey Decentered Subjectivity, Transversal Rationality, and Genocide Bruce Wilshire Section Three: The Self after Postmodernity Transversal Llaisons: Calvin Schrag on Selfhood Fred Dallmayr Schrag and the Self Bernard Deuenhauer Calvin O. Schrag and Postmodern Selves, or Calvin Heers a Who Linda Bell Romantic Love Martin C. Dillon Section Four: The Fourth Cultural Value Sphere Transcendence, Heteronomy, and the Birth of the Responsible Self Merold Wastphal In Search of a Sacred Anarchy: An Experiment in Danish Deconstruction John A. Caputo Section Five: Communicative Praxis The Interruptive Nature of the Cell of Conscience: Rethinking Heidagger on the Question of Rhetoric Michael Hyde Structure, Deconstruction, and the Future of Meaning David Crownfield In Defense of Poiesis: The Performance of Self in Communicative Praxis Leonor Langsdorf The Professions, the Humanities, and Transfiguration Victor Kestenbaum Response to Contributors Calvin O. Schrag