Ohio University Press, Athens, OH


181, xxvi Pages

ISBN 9780821411681

Series in Continental Thought
vol. 24

Order in the twilight

Bernhard Waldenfels

Translated by David Parent

Order in the Twilight unites phenomenological methodology with recent work on the theory of order, normativity, and dialogue, as well as structuralism and Gestalt theory. Philosophically stringent, it expresses a more optimistic attitude than much modern philosophy, especially deconstruction. Waldenfels passes the question of order through numerous defining aspects, and concludes that there is not one global order, but rather various conflicting domains of order. Whenever the boundary of a vital or experiential domain is crossed, a discourse speaksat the boundary, not about it, and across a threshold without abolishing it. The rest is rationalization, i.e., an attempt to find a place in the respective order for what is to-be-ordered. But why, the author concludes, should a theory be more unambiguous than reality?

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Waldenfels, B. (1996). Order in the twilight, transl. D. Parent, Ohio University Press, Athens, OH.

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Translation of

Ordnung im Zwielicht


Bernhard Waldenfels

Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp