Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Life Divine is the greatest philosophical book

[In my opinion, the two greatest philosophical books of the 20th century are Being and Time and Process and Reality. (Husserl’s Logical Investigations is close to that league, but there’s no way to do little bits of it in a 300-level class.) Levinas is a personal favorite of mine, and as a sort of ex-Heideggerian I admire Levinas’s unique blend of admiration/critique when it comes to Heidegger, and you all know as well I regard Levinas as the most innovative reader of Heidegger we have. That’s the way to get beyond Heidegger, not the other French ways. But alas, Levinas has been pigeonholed as a pious rabbi droning on about the Other. That’s OK; it will pass.
And I also do think that Naming and Necessity is one of the greatest works of 20th century philosophy. If it were longer and covered more topics it would rise even higher on the list, and is already probably one of the best five. (And for someone with my background, that’s saying something.)
Kripke
from Object-Oriented Philosophy by doctorzamalek]

The Life Divine "is the greatest achievement of Mankind! It is the greatest philosophical book ever written and in the best English Language ever written too. By N.H. (CYPRUS) - September 25, 2005 Permalink." [TNM]

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