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Existential Epistemology: A Heideggerian Critique of the Cartesian Project

John Richardson


I develop a Heideggerian response to the central traditional problem in epistemology—whether we can have (objective) knowledge of the external world. I introduce the main philosophical terms and claims of Being and Time, and try to use this system to amplify the book's brief and elusive treatments of that problem. Because Heidegger's early system is crucially ‘existential’, it gives a critique of epistemology from an existential stance—or an existential epistemology. This critique claims to ‘dissolve’ or ‘undermine’ that traditional problem, by showing how it is misguided or misformed. Heidegg ... More

Keywords: Being and Time, Cartestianism, Dasein, epistemology, existentialism, Heidegger, phenomenology, time

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Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780198239222
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/019823922X.001.0001


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John Richardson, author
New York University
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