1830-1848: The End of Metaphysics as a Transformation of Culture (Paperback)
  • 1830-1848: The End of Metaphysics as a Transformation of Culture (Paperback)

1830-1848: The End of Metaphysics as a Transformation of Culture (Paperback)

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The question of 'the end of metaphysics' is generally considered as a central issue concerning the nature and significance of A"philosophy as suchA", and, accordingly, as belonging to the realm of 'pure' or 'fundamental' philosophy. By contrast, this book investigates to what extent the end of metaphysics might be related to specific influences from outside philosophy. Focusing on the period between 1830 and 1848, it argues that metaphysics was not so much challenged by internal philosophical argument, but rather by a transformation of Western culture in its entirety. Metaphysics was overtaken by the modern spirit of the age. In consequence, this book approaches 'the end of metaphysics' as a problem of the philosophy of culture. Three historians of culture provide an overview and analysis of the 'Age of Revolution' by focusing upon the political revolution in France, the industrial revolution in England and the intellectual revolution in Germany respectively. The proclamations of the end of metaphysics by Auguste Comte, Friedrich Engels and Otto Friedrich Gruppe are shown to mirror this threefold cultural transformation. Against this backdrop, the A"ideaA" of the end of metaphysics is brought into relief as a A"historical realityA" during the years 1830 to 1848. The editors are members of the A"Centre for Metaphysics and CultureA" at the University of Antwerp.

Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9789042913936

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