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Philosophy and Mystification$
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Guy Robinson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780823222919

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823222919.001.0001

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Introduction: Philosophy and mystification

Introduction: Philosophy and mystification

(p.1) Introduction: Philosophy and mystification
Philosophy and Mystification

Guy Robinson

Fordham University Press

Philosophy, since the seventeenth century, can be presented through two views: one where philosophy does not require special understanding, and one where philosophy requires order and clarity. A deeper conflict arises in the modern era as philosophy can describe both what is conditioned and unconditioned by time and circumstance. The chapter uses the word “mystification” to describe several situations seen throughout the book that describe the confusions arising from failed attempts to separate what is concrete from what is absolute. The chapter establishes how the book generally aims to identify “mystified” assumptions, and how these assumptions were mystified in the first place, by providing a historical analysis while taking both substance and nature into account.

Keywords:   mystification, concrete, absolute, false assumptions, substance, nature, historical analysis

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