What’s with all the philosophical hokey-pokey? I hear a lot about putting some things in and taking some things out and turning around, so much turning around. How many turns have there been in the last hundred years? Remember the linguistic turn in philosophy? Then Habermas argued for some kind of pragmatic turn. In the philosophy of religion a few folks tried to initiate a participatory turn, and of course, the ontological turn has been getting some attention lately. Has anybody really thought through all of this turning? Is the turning trope a handy substitute for thinking? Is the philosophical tradition a boat that needs to be turned around lest it shipwreck on the shores of existence? I would prefer the shipwreck. Is it a game where everybody gets to take a turn so that nobody feels left out? I’m not sure if such a game is worth playing. As everybody is taking their turn, how many realize that they are under the spell of Heidegger’s Kehre? Among so much hokey-pokey, Heidegger was the only one to turn to the turning of the turn, like an existential DJ spinning on the turntables of Being.
June 29, 2014
Take Your Turn