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Toward a Contextual Realism

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$39.95 • £31.95 • €36.00

ISBN 9780674248489

Publication Date: 07/06/2021


216 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches


Here, the most erudite and insightful European philosopher brings welcome new perspectives to a variety of recent Anglophone debates. Toward a Contextual Realism breathes fresh air into what might otherwise become insular and sterile modes of philosophy.—Charles Travis, King’s College London

Why should we consider reality to be contextual? Jocelyn Benoist’s stunning contribution to this question will engage scholars well beyond philosophy. A crucial corrective to the unduly restricted notions of context in semiotics and linguistics, this book points to a rigorous way of making the ontologies of others count. Showing grace and patience, Toward a Contextual Realism is a generous invitation to take thought forward.—Veena Das, Johns Hopkins University

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