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Groundless GroundsA Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger$
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Lee Braver

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016896

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016896.001.0001

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What Is Philosophy?

What Is Philosophy?

(p.13) 1 What Is Philosophy?
Groundless Grounds

Lee Braver

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This chapter examines the philosophy of Wittgenstein and Heidegger based on their suspicion of the manner in which traditional philosophy has been practiced. Both have been relentless and unusually harsh in their critiques despite the fact that demands to change the course of philosophy are a relatively constant feature of this course. It is argued here that the entire project has been misconstrued from the ground up, building certain errors and distortions into the structure of the discipline itself and calling for more than repairs of individual mistaken claims. Both philosophers consider the negative step of disassembling received views to be a necessary preparation if their positive work is to avoid perpetuating these recurrent problems.

Keywords:   course of philosophy, Wittgenstein, Heidegger, discipline, repairs, mistaken claims, negative step, recurrent problems

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