The Justice of Mercy: Reflections on Law, Social Theory and Heidegger’s “Everyday”

  • David Doyle
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 31)


Paradoxically political philosophy ebbs even lower now glasnost has been and gone. Philosophy is busy with the cognitivist orientations of past years. The early 20th Century saw a flood of scientistic, logic-bound, pre-occupations which are still reverberating in the prevailing English and American schools. In France and Germany, Bergson, Husserl, and later Heidegger, pursued what Oxbridge philosophers then regarded as continental obscurantism. By holding the door open to thought for themes other than binary systems’ logic or encyclopaedic reclassificatory schemata, phenomenology justifies its program even to this day. But even amongst phenomenologists metaphysics and political philosophy do not flourish in the climate of speculative asceticism which pervades so many of the epistemological equivocations of our time. Our public life is the worse for it. In search of certainty, or better, the unassailable doctrine, whole schools of philosophy have been prepared when it came to it, to give up life, to give up relevance rather than lose tautology’s comforts.


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  • David Doyle
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  1. 1.MelbourneAustralia

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