Friday, March 23, 2007


One of the most central concepts to the different programs of hermeneutic philosophy is that of "fragmentary theories", these theories can be also seen as the monads of Leibniz (and the end of all metaphysics, albeit this was only achieved roughly by Kant) and such interpreted as points of view - this sets of course Hegel's philosophizing on history and Voltaire as the first hermeneuticists in the modern sense of the world, even when the idea was present already in the Hellenistic age and gained some vigour during the Middle Ages; hermeneutics was the only possible counterpart of metaphysics and in a way all modern philosophies were hermeneutic models, points of view: German Idealism, Positivism, Existentialism and Existenzphilosophie, Symbolic Philosophy, Phenomenology, Lebensphilosophie, Critical Theory, etc. Postmodernity offers a different vantage, in the sense that all postmodern philosophies are philosophies of laws (not of law or legality, but of "laws"); they all want to establish systems as total as to overthrow all other possibilities.

The selectivity of sources and the personal/relavistic reading of history in philosophies and cultural critiques (in the guise of philosophies) are somehow Nietzschean, philosophies of the personality, characteristic modes of philosophizing. The loss of the self implicates also a loss of the world; the break of the boundaries between the private and the public spaces is what determines the most the cultural spheres of our version of Modernity, namely the Voegelinean "Modernity

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