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David Wood (philosopher)

David Wood
Philosophy in its very act is a process of translation!

David Wood (born 1946, Oxford) is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Wood has taught philosophy in Europe and the United States for over thirty years and has published 16 books.

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Philosophy At The Limit (1990)Edit

  • Philosophy is an everlasting fire, sometimes damped down by setting itself limits, then flaring into new life as it consumes them. Every field of inquiry is limited, but philosophy has an essential relation to the question of limits, to its own limits.
    • Introduction, p. xiii
  • Language steps in where the angels of experience fear to tread.
    • Chapter 1, The Faces of Silence, p. 5
  • To recognize a difficulty is not to solve it.
    • Chapter 1, The Faces of Silence, p. 9
  • Philosophy is said to have taken the 'linguistic turn' in this century. One hundred years ago, a philosopher would think in terms of mind, spirit, experience, consciousness; now the by-word is language.
    • Chapter 2, Metaphysics and Metaphor, p. 26
  • To say that all philosophy is writing is, minimally, to say that it is never the transparent expression of thought.
    • Chapter 3, Deconstruction and Criticism, p. 46
  • Like literature, philosophy is not distinguished from other subjects by a specific approach to a subject-matter independent of it. Chemistry deals with chemicals, biology with life and astronomy with very large, very distant objects. Philosophy can boast no such definite subject-matter.
    • Chapter 4, Philosophy As Writing: The Case Of Hegel, p. 69
  • The educated man is the man who does not live in immediate intuition, but in his recollection so that little is new to him any longer.
    • Chapter 4, Philosophy As Writing: The Case Of Hegel, p. 74
  • Philosophy in its very act is a process of translation!
    • Chapter 4, Philosophy As Writing: The Case Of Hegel, p. 81
  • After Hegel, philosophy confronts the possibility of its own death, and in some sense has to do so if it is to remain the most fundamental kind of thinking.
    • Chapter 4, Philosophy As Writing: The Case Of Hegel, p. 88
  • The point is that philosophy is seen to have come full circle, and to have exhausted itself.
    • Chapter 5, Nietzsche's Styles, p. 95
  • Nietzsche's problem is how to be a philosopher once he has grasped the finitude of philosophy.
    • Chapter 5, Nietzsche's Styles, p. 96
  • To understand how indirect communication is possible we must grasp what it is about ordinary communication that is being changed.
    • Chapter 6, Indirect Communication, p. 110
  • Dialogue never ends not for lack of time or opportunity but for essential reasons.
    • Chapter 7, Vigilance and Interruption, p. 121
  • Nietzsche would say my friends lacked ears.
    • Chapter 8, Performative Reflexivity, p. 133
  • What I would like to show is that there is a vital dimension of their writing, which I call performative reflexivity, which if ignored or misunderstood will impede an adequate response to it.
    • Chapter 8, Performative Reflexivity, p. 134
  • We are passengers, comprehended and displaced by metaphor.
    • Chapter 8, Performative Reflexivity, p. 137

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