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The Power of Philosophy

Thought and Redemption


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 45-80
  3. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 81-111
  4. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 113-142
  5. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 143-170
  6. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 171-198
  7. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 199-214
  8. Kaustuv Roy
    Pages 215-225
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 227-235

About this book


This book explores the possibility of philosophical praxis by weaving an ontological thread through four principal thinkers: Heidegger, Schelling, Goethe, and Heraclitus. It argues that a special kind of redemptive power awaits the structural understanding of thought that is beyond semantic formations such as concepts and ideational systems. The author claims that the “power” is negative in nature, trans-personal, and derived directly from the understanding of thought as a structural pulse. The book travels backwards in time, encountering successively Heidegger’s critique of calculative thinking, Schelling’s Mind/Nature relation, Goethe’s Delicate Empiricism, and the aphoristic wisdom of Heraclitus in search of a redemptive power that lies in the self-knowledge of thought. This power is ontological and not historical or developmental; it is the same at all times and all points of history. The author refers to the praxis as “philosophical bilingualism.”


continental philosophy Schelling Heidegger von goethe Heraclitus power of agency

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

About the authors

Kaustuv Roy is Professor of Philosophy and Sociology at Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India. His recent work includes Limits of the Secular, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Power of Philosophy
  • Book Subtitle Thought and Redemption
  • Authors Kaustuv Roy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-96910-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07269-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-96911-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 235
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Phenomenology
    Continental Philosophy
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