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William J. Gavin Indiana University Press ePub

For over four decades, I have had the opportunity to teach courses on American philosophy and William James in particular at the University of Southern Maine. I am most grateful for all the insights provided by USM students during this period of time.

Ms. Kaye Kunz, my work-study student, did a wonderful job of organizing a first draft of this manuscript.

My wife Cathy spent endless hours organizing, typing, and proofreading this text. This book is dedicated to her.

Ms. Dee Mortensen, senior sponsoring editor at Indiana University Press, provided constant support and enthusiasm for this project, as well as displaying generous patience in awaiting its conclusion.

John Stuhr has from the outset been a persistent advocate for this book.

I am most grateful to the following publishers for permission to use material already published in whole or in part:

William James Studies for permission to use “ ‘Problem’ vs. ‘Trouble’: James, Kafka, Dostoevsky, and ‘The Will to Believe’ ” (vol. 2, no. 1, 2007).

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4 Reassigning Ambiguity: Parental Decisions and the Matter of Harm

Ellen K. Feder Indiana University Press ePub

Some Key Elements of the medical management of atypical sex in children have changed since the late 1990s as adults with intersex conditions, and their parents, have spoken out about how the standard of care has affected their lives and as these stories have become an ever more powerful testament to the physical and emotional damage wrought by their treatment. Increasing numbers of pediatric specialists now reaffirm the good intentions that motivated earlier practices, but they also acknowledge the clinical ignorance, even clinical arrogance, that governed care—especially the failure to convey to parents what one group of practitioners describes as the potential side effects of surgery, including the likelihood of damage to erotic sensation (e.g., Dayner et al. 2004; see also Lee and Houk 2010, 1). More recently, researchers have also reported on the lack of certainty or confidence among physicians themselves with regard to the standard of care (Karkazis et al. 2010). Today, specialists in the treatment of DSD have embraced informed consent; a new model of “shared decision making” (Dreger et al. 2010; Karkazis and Rossi 2010) is coming to the fore.

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Chapter Twenty-eight. Husserl’s Accounts of the Symbolic Calculus, the Critique of Psychologism, and the Phenomenological Foundation of the Mathesis Universalis after Philosophy of Arithmetic

Burt C. Hopkins Indiana University Press ePub

Subsequent to Philosophy of Arithmetic, Husserl’s position on the origination of the logic of symbolic mathematics is no longer ambiguous in his writings inasmuch as they clearly express his abandonment of the thesis that the technique of symbolic calculation in universal arithmetic is logically equivalent to arithmetical calculation that employs arithmetical concepts. Husserl characterized symbolic calculation as the “surrogate” for genuine arithmetical thinking and concepts, but he now characterizes the logic that permits it to accomplish this as “external,” in the precise sense of a technical procedure that is grounded in syntactical rules—the “rules of the game”—rather than in genuine arithmetical thinking and concepts. Because the external logic of the symbolic calculus operative in universal arithmetic (and, for that matter, in formal logic) produces valid results when measured by the standard of non-algebraic and therefore “genuine” mathematical (or logical) thinking, Husserl still maintains that it functions as a “surrogate” for the latter. However, he does not take this surrogate function to originate in the identity of the logical content of the symbolic calculus and genuine thinking. In the case of universal arithmetic, Husserl understands its symbolic algorithm to function independently of the various concepts of its possible objects. In the case of formal logic, the algebraic (and therefore symbolic) treatment of the rules for correct judgment presupposes rather than establishes the logical criteria for the truth and falsity of the concepts (formal categories) of genuine logical judgment.

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Thirteen: Dark Celebration: Heidegger’s Silent Music

Edited by Jeffrey Powell Indiana University Press ePub


Dark Celebration: Heidegger’s Silent Music

Peter Hanly

You mustn’t cry

Says the music.






We shall begin with a letter. It dates from the winter months of 1950 and is addressed from Heidegger to Hannah Arendt.1 The letter reflects, as such a letter might, on the passage of time, on renewed affections, on political circumstances. But at the top of the letter, before it is even begun, before its addressee’s name is inscribed, are the following words:

Beethoven, op. 111, Adagio, Conclusion.

Just that, no more: then, the letter itself. It is almost as if the music, summoned by its inscription, were hovering over the discourse of the letter. As if the music might enclose the words that are to be thought. Beyond and before those words, the music might be both their source and their destination—a presence both silent and resounding, enfolding everything that is spoken. From out of this possibility, a question looms up: a question about music itself, about the kinds of connections it might maintain with language. More specifically still, we might find a way to pose a question regarding the status of music in Heidegger’s discourse, of its presence or absence, its elision or its inclusion.2

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German Editor’s Afterword to Collected Edition, volume 15

Martin Heidegger Indiana University Press ePub

Heidegger gave the above mentioned manuscript of the Parmenides elucidation, including the preliminary remark “The Provenance of Thinking,” to his brother Fritz on his eightieth birthday, “in memory of the years of mutual work.” Since these texts belong together they are both presented here, though Heidegger did not deliver “The Provenance of Thinking” in the last session of the 1973 seminar. In conversation, Heidegger had considered placing the Parmenides elucidation at the place where it is recounted in the protocol. Since the preliminary remark cannot be inserted along with this text without falsifying the course of the seminar, the appendix now provides an acquaintance with the text as a whole, a text intended not solely for that seminar session. Further, the text was presented in the seminar with “elucidations . . . accompanying the reading,” which are entered into the protocol. For this reason as well, the text of the protocol remains unaltered. In comparing the two, along with repetitions, one finds conclusions drawn from the elucidations.

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