Josef Mitterer's Beyond Philosophy Serialised


The Beyond of Philosophy 8

The Beyond of Philosophy 8

The distinction between a ‘language-distinct’ world (and its objects) and a linguistic description of the world allows to claim for one’s own descriptions that they accord with the whole/general/actual world, and hence with the world of all participants in the discourse.Yet an exponent of the Dualizing Mode of Speech* can not grant this accordance for all those descriptions which contradict his own descriptions. Josef Mitterer continues The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 7

The Beyond of Philosophy 7

New, additional descriptions cannot be tested against the descriptions so far. They form together with the descriptions so far, together with the object they describe, a new object of a new description. After the description of the table standing in the corner by A: “The table standing in the corner is round.” the object of a new, further description is the table standing in the corner that is round. After the description of B: “The table standing in the corner is square” the object of a new further description is the table standing in the corner that is square. Josef Mitterer continues The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 6

The Beyond of Philosophy 6

If the object of the description is nothing more than a description, then the apple that is lying on the table and supposed to be described is a description. But this is nonsense. What is lying on the table is not a description of an apple but the apple. Josef Mitterer continues The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 5

The Beyond of Philosophy 5

Describing the table in the corner means continuing the description /the table in the corner/; starting from the already present description /the table in the corner/ and proceeding further. In order to be able to describe the table in the corner, the description /the table in the corner/ must already be present.When the teacher calls on the pupil to describe the picture hanging on the wall, then the object of the description to be performed is the picture hanging on the wall. The pupil now describes the picture hanging on the wall like that: “The picture hanging on the wall is a still life with flowers.” Josef Mitterer continues The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 4

The Beyond of Philosophy 4

In Dualizing Speech, philosophical reflection is conducted on the basis of the language-world distinction. Its theme is the relation between language and world. It attempts to show and to explain in what relation language and the world stand to each other. Josef Mitterer continues The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 3

The Beyond of Philosophy 3

According to Quine, “we talk so inveterately of objects that to say we do so seems almost to say nothing at all … It is hard to say how else there is to talk … because we are bound to adapt any alien pattern to our own in the very process of understanding or translating the alien sentences.” Josef Mitterer continues The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 2

The Beyond of Philosophy 2

The philosophical literature presents widely different opinions about whether language describes, reflects, depicts, determines, forms, or even constitutes and constructs the world (reality, objects, states of affairs, the facts). Underlying these opinions is another, common opinion that provides an important foundation for contemporary philosophical discourse. It consists in the tacit acceptance of the view that there is a difference between the world and our knowledge of the world, a difference between objects and what we say and affirm about them; and hence also a difference between signs and the objects they refer to, between what we speak and the language in which we speak about it. Josef Mitterer introduces The Beyond of Philosophy

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The Beyond of Philosophy 1

The Beyond of Philosophy 1

The canon of philosophical problems, especially in epistemology, has changed little since Plato. The problems have outlived the attempts to solve them. At the beginning of philosophy are not problems but non-problematized presuppositions. These presuppositions are dichotomous distinctions such as the dichotomies language-world, description-object, statement-object, being-consciousness, and subject-object. Josef Mitterer's preface to The Beyond of Philosophy

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Josef Mitterer: The Beyond of Philosophy and The Flight from Contingency: Introduction to the new serialisation

Josef Mitterer: The Beyond of Philosophy and The Flight from Contingency: Introduction to the new serialisation

When Richard Marshall offered me to serialize my philosophy, I was in disbelief and rather sceptical whether I should follow his idea. But then I remembered the comic mags of my childhood, Schundhefte in German, with heroes like Prince Valiant or Tarzan. They started out with “What happened so far” and ended with “to be continued” and a cliffhanger ... It didn’t take long and I could not resist the temptation. Austrian philosopher Josef Mitterer introduces a new weekly series serialising his Non-Dualising philosophy.

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