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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 Called Thinking?

What Is Called Thinking?

(p.119) 4 What Is Called Thinking?
Groundless Grounds

Lee Braver

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This chapter is concerned with the conceptions of thinking that correlate with the views presented in the previous chapters. The theoretical view pictures thought as the explicit and articulate thematic consideration of ideas. Thought must passively mirror its object, and since the highest form of reality does not change, neither does the highest form of truth. Since human nature and our relationship to the world are often characterized as primarily epistemic, and since epistemology generally intertwines with metaphysics, the implications of this conception of thinking ramify across many topics. Along with overhauling the nature of meaning, the world, and our relationship to them to address these complications, Wittgenstein and Heidegger construct highly innovative accounts of thought to fit their new conceptions, in the hope that a more accurate account of thought may prevent these pseudoproblems from arising in the first place.

Keywords:   conceptions of thinking, theoretical view, form of reality, form of truth, human nature, epistemology, metaphysics, nature of meaning

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