A Dark History of Modern Philosophy

A Dark History of Modern Philosophy

Bernard Freydberg
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 08/18/2017
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-02946-1
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Delving beneath the principal discourses of philosophy from Descartes through Kant, Bernard Freydberg plumbs the previously concealed dark forces that ignite the inner power of modern thought. He contends that reason itself issues from an implicit and unconscious suppression of the nonrational. Even the modern philosophical concerns of nature and limits are undergirded by a dark side that dwells in them and makes them possible. Freydberg traces these dark sources to the poetry of Hesiod, the fragments of Heraclitus and Parmenides, and the Platonic dialogues and claims that they rear their heads again in the work of Spinoza, Schelling, and Nietzsche. Freydberg does not set forth a critique of modern philosophy but explores its intrinsic continuity with its ancient roots.

Author Bio

Bernard Freydberg is Scholar in Residence at Duquesne University. He is author of Imagination in Kant's Critique of Practical Reason (IUP, 2005) and Philosophy and Comedy: Aristophanes, Logos, and Eros (IUP, 2008).


“Concise, fresh, and energetic, this kind of book can only be written by someone like Bernard Freydberg who displays deep perspective and mastery of the material, thinks quickly and efficiently, and writes with great clarity and wit.”
 — Jason M. Wirth, author of Schelling's Practice of the Wild

“Bernard Freydberg's purpose is to rewrite the history of modern philosophy focusing on the various ways each thinker is given to think in relation to darkness or the abyss. These dark sources throb beneath the surface of the contemporary Continental tradition.”
 — Robert D. Metcalf

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Table of Contents

Preliminary Matters
1. Fissures in the History of Modern Philosophy
Prelude: On Anteriority
2.Spinoza’s Abysmal Rationalism
Intermezzo: On the Putative History of German Idealism
3. Unruly Greek Schelling
Coda: Nietzsche as Crux

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