Chapter Five & Epilog

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Back in my garret, I splashed cold water on my face. If I didn’t get some studying done, I was going to fall hopelessly behind.

But as I stared at my books – especially the annotated version of Mr. Levinas’ Totality and Infinity, which was assigned for the next day’s Hermeneutics class – my eyes blurred. With a title like that, you had to wonder how you’d ever reach the end.

I splashed more water across my face to no avail. The futon called to me like a lumpy lullabye.

As I pulled off my shoes and shorts, I formulated a plan. Go to bed now and sleep for a while, then get up around midnight and do some serious studying.

No sooner had I hit the pillow than I was wide awake. I reached up and pushed the window Continue reading “Chapter Five & Epilog”



This glossary is not an expert commentary, but a guide to how these terms are used in this book.

Possibly this book will become the standard by which all of Western philosophy is assessed, in which case, this list will prove an invaluable cheat-sheet.

Analytic Philosophy (aka Logical Positivism): fact-based twentieth-century trend which grew out of nineteenth century Positivism. They share a concern with “just the facts” that typifies much science writing. Analytic philosophers tend to be concerned with logical Continue reading “Glossary”