If I quote extensively from Groundless Grounds it is simply because it is so eloquently written. Lee Braver’s aim is certainly ambitious: “If a load-bearing bridge. In _ Groundless Grounds_, Lee Braver argues that the views of both thinkers emerge from a fundamental attempt to create a philosophy that has dispensed with. Groundless Grounds: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger, by Lee Braver. Jonathan Lewis – – Australasian Journal of Philosophy 92 (1)

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Furthermore, it means that the search for such an ultimate ground is a philosophical disease that can be cured when we understand that the obviousness of knowing how to play a language game is itself the only ground to be had.

Books by Lee Braver. No keywords specified fix it. Nevertheless, Braver regards Heidegger’s early attempt to work out a fundamental ontology of Dasein as a piece of essentialism in its own right, insofar as it suggests that we can view our finitude sub specie aeterni in terms of Dasein ‘s unchanging existentialia.

Lee Braver – – Continental Philosophy Review 45 2: Readers interested in either philosopher, or concerned more generally with the history of twentieth-century philosophy as well as questions of the nature of reason, will find Groundless Grounds of interest. However, as noted in chapter 1, the later Wittgenstein rejects this schema as the answer to an unnecessary worry about grounding linguistic sense in an objectively determinable world.


Kevin rated it it was amazing Apr 07, In other words, reason as a ground-giving activity cannot ground itself, but arises out of our situation in a world that is always already “there” before the question of grounds or reasons can arise in the first place. William O’Connor rated it it was amazing Jan 15, The book’s main text focuses on exposition of Heidegger’s and Wittgenstein’s central ideas and will be accessible to readers waging their first encounter with either philosopher, while the copious footnotes and references over eighty pages help locate Braver’s interpretations within the vast secondary literature and insure that even seasoned readers of Wittgenstein or Heidegger will find something new.


Catriona Hanley – – Continental Philosophy Review 32 1: Instead, he depicts the historicality of language in terms of an old European city, with its ancient center of narrow and irregular paths, and its modern outer districts with linear streets and uniform houses Philosophical Investigations, Catriona Hanley – – Continental Philosophy Review 32 1: Help Center Find new research papers in: This article has no associated abstract.

In concluding chapter 5, Braver introduces a discussion of David Hume’s insistence that the practices of ordinary life must ultimately trump any attempt to provide them with metaphysical foundations; the best we can do is to clarify that reason is an instinct that cannot ground or explain itself, and that this insight changes nothing in common life and experience.

In addition, he argues that there is an affinity between the Perceptual Model of Thought and Aristotle’s characterization of ethical judgment as phronesis. Tightly structured and consistent. While noting their fundamental differences, Braver argues that Heidegger’s analysis in Being and Time of objects “present at hand” closely parallels Wittgenstein’s criticisms of the misleading confusions created by philosophers when they focus upon one example, such as propositional statements, as a model for all cases.

Rene rated it it was gorunds Oct 24, This extends to the rules of reason, groundless as the law of excluded middle, which is a rule for certain language games, but not one that all language games must necessarily follow.

Braver’s meticulously researched and strongly argued account shows that both Wittgenstein and Heidegger strive to construct a new conception of reason, free of the illusions of the past and appropriate to the kind of beings that we are.


Hardcoverpages. Dr David J Mossley rated it it was amazing Sep 04, David rated it gfoundless was amazing Dec 30, Ian rated it really liked lew Jun 04, Reeder – – Philosophy in Review 3 3: Braver links this with Heidegger’s holism in his description of tools groundoess Being and Timewhere the use of a tool, such as a hammer, presupposes a non-thematic understanding of an entire world of references within which the hammer functions, and this includes involvements with other human beings other Dasein.

Thus the sense of what is private is derivative upon non-private communication, and there is, then, a holistic connection between any so-called private language and language’s ordinary uses.

Groundless Grounds: A Study of Wittgenstein and Heidegger by Lee Braver

It shifts and changes, according to outside pressures and internal operations, and defies precise definition, especially on its periphery. Wolfgang Schaffarzyk – – Philosophischer Literaturanzeiger 63 1: Google Books no proxy mitpress. Powell – – Review of Metaphysics 66 3: Wells Lucas Santo rated it it was amazing Sep 23, Braver carries these considerations over into chapter 4, which focuses upon the nature of thinking. Skip to main content. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

For Wittgenstein, by contrast, the temporality of language is not essential — a mark, no doubt, of Schopenhauer’s influence on his thinking. The paradigm case of philosophical theorizing is Wittgenstein’s famous positing,in the Tractatus of a logically perfect language beneath the irregular and disorderly uses of ordinary speech.

For Wittgenstein, this means any attempt to ground language games in an independently existing reality is, if it makes sense, a move in a certain language game.