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ERIC Number: EJ1177450
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
'To Catch at and Let Go': David Bakhurst, Phenomenology and Post-Phenomenology
Williams, Emma Louise
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v52 n1 p87-104 Feb 2018
This paper examines David Bakhurst's attempt to provide a picture of 'the kinds of beings we are' that is 'more realistic' than rationalism. I argue that there is much that is rich and compelling in Bakhurst's account. Yet I also question whether there are ways in which it could be taken further. I introduce the discussion by exploring Bakhurst's engagement with phenomenology and, more specifically, Hubert Dreyfus--who enters Bakhurst's horizon on account of his inheritance of the philosophy of John McDowell. Whilst I recognise that Bakhurst's encounter with Dreyfus demonstrates his achievements--over rationalism and over Dreyfus--I also suggest that it opens up certain questions that remain to be asked of his position on account of its conceptualism. These questions originate, not from a Dreyfusian phenomenological perspective, but from the post-phenomenological perspective of Jacques Derrida. Through appealing to key Derridean tropes, I aim to show why the conceptual idiom Bakhurst retains may hold us back from understanding the open nature of human thought. I end by considering what therefore needs to come--and what needs to be let go--in order to best do justice to the 'kinds of beings we are.'
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Language: English
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