• A dark history of modern philosophy
    Indiana University Press. 2017.
    This provocative reassessment of modern philosophy explores its nonrational dimensions and connection to ancient mysteries. Delving beneath the principal discourses of philosophyfrom Descartes through Kant, Bernard Freydberg plumbs the previously concealed dark forces that ignite the inner power of modern thought. He contends that reason itself issues from an implicit and unconscious suppression of the nonrational. Even the modern philosophical concerns of nature and limits are undergirded by a …Read more
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    The Socratic Method, Once and for All
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 12 (3): 240-244. 2020.
    ABSTRACT The “Socratic method” seems to be well understood in general to mean some sort of “question and answer” procedure as distinguished from “lecturing.” Law schools are familiar sites for its so-called practice, and the Platonic dialogues are believed to provide models of it. However, Socrates himself never speaks of having a method except in one place in the Phaedo – where it has nothing to do with “question and answer.” The Greeks had a clear word for method, “methodos,” and Socrates appl…Read more
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    The vastly underrated Plutus receives at least some of its due in this paper. At its beginning, I attempt to locate Plutus within both the Hegelian discourse on comedy and within Hume's poetical and philosophical fictions. Employing the same method of close textual analysis that I employed in Philosophy and Comedy: Aristophanes, Logos, and Eros, I focus upon the thoroughgoing materialism of the poor farmer Chremylus who laments the unjust distribution of wealth, and who seeks to restore the god'…Read more
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    Kant and the irrational
    History of European Ideas 20 (4-6): 945-949. 1995.
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    Kant's transcendental psychology
    History of European Ideas 22 (2): 151-152. 1996.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Kant (review)
    History of European Ideas 21 (1): 75-80. 1995.
    The fundamental task of philosophy since the seventeenth century has been to determine whether the essential principles of both knowledge and action can be discovered by human beings unaided by an external agency. No one philosopher contributed more to this enterprise than Kant, whose Critique of Pure Reason (1781) shook the very foundations of the intellectual world. Kant argued that the basic principles of the natural science are imposed on reality by human sensibility and understanding, and t…Read more
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    Hegers Crypto-Kantian View of the French Revolution
    Social Philosophy Today 3 139-155. 1990.
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    Phenomenology and the Riddle of geometry
    Research in Phenomenology 15 (1): 165-176. 1985.
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    On Figal’s Heidegger-Critique in Gegenständlichkeit
    Research in Phenomenology 42 (3): 327-342. 2012.
    Abstract The paper is divided into four brief but related sections: (I) a description of Figal's resuscitation and reinterpretation of the word that informs the title of his book, the word “ Gegenstand ,“ and his Heidegger-critique regarding this resuscitation; (II) an examination of an important strain of the aforementioned lineage, namely, the role of Wilhelm von Humboldt as source for Heidegger's and his own Sprachdenken ; (III) an account of the Figal-Heidegger encounter with respect to the …Read more
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    John Sallis's Recent Contributions to Continental Aesthetics
    Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 19 (1): 135-141. 2014.
    In a sustained and protracted meditation on imagination and art, John Sallis has more than challenged the traditional metaphysical distinction between sensible and intelligible that has governed much of aesthetic discourse. In his Sense of Imagination , he excised that philosophical marker altogether in favor of a language of sense in which intelligibility occurs as a secondary function—if at all. Praising Hegel’s celebration of color, he disputes the latter’s declaration that “art is dead” in f…Read more
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    David Hume: Platonic Philosopher, Continental Ancestor
    State University of New York Press. 2012.
    In the first book of its kind, Bernard Freydberg places David Hume firmly in the tradition of the Platonic dialogues, and regards him as a proper ancestor of contemporary continental philosophy. Although Hume is largely confined to his historical context within British Empiricism, his skepticism resonates with the Socratic Ignorance expressed by Plato, and his account of experience points toward very contemporary concerns in continental thought. Through close readings of An Enquiry Concerning th…Read more
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    Part I. Phenomenology -- Phenomenology and the return to beginnings -- Delimitations: phenomenology and the end of metaphysics -- Part II. Sallis's Plato interpretation -- Being and logos: reading the Platonic dialogues -- Chorology: on beginning in Plato's Timaeus -- Platonic legacies -- Part III. Art/Sallis -- Stone -- Shades-of painting at the limit -- Topographies -- Part IV. Sallis and other thinkers -- The gathering of reason -- Spacings-of reason and imagination in texts of Kant, Fichte, …Read more
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    Nous and play
    The European Legacy 2 (2): 350-355. 1997.
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    Imagination and Depth in Kant's Critique of Pure Reason
    Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften. 1994.
    The Kerygma of the Wilderness Traditions in the Hebrew Bible examines biblical writers' use of the wilderness traditions in the books of Exodus and Numbers, Deuteronomy, the Prophets, and the Writings to express their beliefs in God and their understandings of the community's relationship to God. Kerygma is the proclamation of God's actions with the purpose of affirming faith/or appealing to an obedient response from the community. The experiences of the wilderness community, who rebelled and re…Read more
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    Book Reviews (review)
    with Oded Balaban, Timothy Baycroft, Petyr Beck, Michael Berkowitz, Joseph C. Bertolini, Janet Burton, Steven Cassedy, Harvey Chisick, Neil Cornwell, Paul Crook, Terence Dawson, Rudolf Dekker, David A. Freeman, Kantik Ghosh, Naomi Gold, Christoph Hollender, Thomas A. Howard, Cécile Laborde, Cyana Leahy‐Dios, Sam Lehman‐Wilzig, Beryl Logan, André Mineau, Cary J. Nederman, Jolanta T. Pekacz, Teresa L. Polowy, Helen Pringle, Paul Richards, Larissa Rudova, Glen Segell, Scott Spector, Lavinia Stan, G. V. Strong, Birgit Wägenbaur, and Geoff Wells
    The European Legacy 3 (5): 117-161. 1998.
    Mind and World. By John McDowell. 191 pp. n.p.g. Art and the French Commune: Imagining Paris after War and Revolution. By Albert Boime The Princeton Series in Nineteenth‐Century Art, Culture and Society xv + 234 pp. $19.95, £14.95 paper. Individual Choice and the Structures of History: Alexis de Tocqueville as Historian Reappraised. By Harvey Mitchell 290 pp. $54.95, £35.00 cloth. Zakhor: Jewish History and Jewish Memory. By Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi, 2d ed.. 190pp., $12.95 paper. The European Comm…Read more
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    On hölderlin's "andenken": Heidegger, Gadamer and henrich—a decision?
    Research in Phenomenology 34 (1): 181-197. 2004.
    Often, respectable scholars attack the soundness of Heidegger's "violent" interpretations of Hölderlin (and others). In this case, Dieter Henrich offers a particularly harsh assessment of Heidegger's interpretation of " Andenken." Hans-Georg Gadamer, student of Heidegger and teacher of Henrich, attempts to bring harmony where none seems possible. A study of the three interpretations indicates that scholarship alone is sufficient to reach a decision on the strength of the interpretations.
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    Logocentric Logos in Plato’s Timaeus
    Philosophy Today 48 (1): 27-34. 2004.
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    What becomes of science in "the future of phenomenology"?
    Research in Phenomenology 32 (1): 219-229. 2002.
    A recent issue of Research in Phenomenology contains a section on "The Future of Phenomenology," but none of the articles contained therein deals with a future engagement of phenomenology with science, especially mathematical natural science. In this paper, I discuss this engagement that was once so central to phenomenology and suggest lines along which its revival can fruitfully occur. Toward this end, I trace the contours of the Heisenberg-Heidegger exchange and show how recent readings of the…Read more
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    Sallis, Brann, and the problem of imagination
    Research in Phenomenology 29 (1): 106-118. 1999.
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    Nietzsche on the Socratic morality as decadence
    with Allen W. Larsen
    The European Legacy 2 (2): 320-325. 1997.
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    In a letter written to Gadamer after receiving a copy of Truth and Method, Leo Strauss offered many criticisms with which Gadamer took issue. However, he acknowledged the important hint cited in the title. Perhaps strangely, Gadamer never took up this hint and showed very little interest in comedy throughout his Gesammelte Schriften. In this essay, I show that there are ample resources within Gadamerian hermeneutics to answer Strauss positively, also for a rich philosophy of comedy along Gadamer…Read more