By Reiner Schurmann & Reiner Sch Rmann & Reginald Lilly
.."". a booklet of impressive originality and intensity, a super and particularly new interpretation of the character and background of philosophy."" --John Sallis
In damaged Hegemonies, the past due amazing thinker Reiner Schurmann deals an intensive rethinking of the historical past of Western philosophy from the Greeks via Heidegger. Schurmann translates the heritage of Western notion and motion as a sequence of eras ruled via the increase and fall of definite dominating philosophical principles that contained the seeds in their personal destruction. those eras coincided with their dominant languages: Greek, Latin, and vernacular tongues. studying philosophical texts from Parmenides, Plotinus, and Cicero, via Augustine, Meister Eckhardt, and Kant, to Heidegger, Schurmann strains the arguments in which those rules won hegemony and during which their credibility used to be finally demolished. spotting the failure of final norms, damaged Hegemonies questions how humanity at the present time is to imagine and act within the absence of principles.
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The higher authority must remain as unknowable as the law is inaccessible. The place of knowledge is under the one, just as the place of the subject is under the law. Outside the law, as we know, there is no life. The place bestows the noun. If here there can be an obligation in the name of the one, or in the name of nature, it is because we have never examined it closely. An epochally sovereign referent gives us life only on the condition that it convey that life to us from a place that is outside our cognitive reach.
Therefore it is to think—not to know—the ﬁrst constellation of theticism, the henologic difference. Does recalling that being qua the one remains unknowable contain a lesson for our grasp of hegemonies? There would seem to be some necessity for a referent promoted to “sovereignty” to keep itself out of reach. Is not a condition sine qua non of powerwielding agents that they keep themselves inaccessible? On a scale of subordinations, the holder of a higher authority would desert its station if it were to be open to an exchange of control, particularly of that control which has been considered the most certain since antiquity: knowledge.
And onto that battle—a bit like in the Iliad, where the gods engage in a combat strictly paralleling that taking place on the plains of Troy—the thetic profession of philosophy superimposes another, even more grandiose battle, the gigantomachia through which reason ﬁrst ( primum) grasps (capit), primum captum—therefore a principle—a known that is absolutely ﬁrst because it is the most common. If today we are able to bring down onto ourselves unparalleled planetary violences, it is perhaps necessary to recognize in this the return of the singular that was pushed back outside of the normative difference.
Broken hegemonies by Reiner Schurmann & Reiner Sch Rmann & Reginald Lilly