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Thinking of Being in the Perspective of Finitude
유한성을 통한 존재 사유

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Authors
Park, Hyeon-Jeong
Issue Date
2010
Publisher
서울대학교 철학사상연구소
Citation
철학사상, Vol.35, pp. 261-327
Keywords
InfinityFinitudeConsciousnessBeingHeideggerHegelDerrida
Abstract
In Chapter 1: “Consciousness and Infinity,” I will give a
simple elucidation of the way in which traditional metaphysics deals with
infinity and finiteness. The traditional concept of metaphysics as the
self-consciousness of consciousness recognizes its own finiteness and
supposes beyond all the finites “infinity,” which means totality with
eternity. With the supposition of “infinity” which only the absolute
consciousness, reason, can recognize, human concrete existence, which is
bound to its singularity, is denounced as the ‘finite’ once again. And
therefore, we come to suffer the dichotomy which requires the endeavor
of a reconciliation between the opposites in vain. In Chapter 2: “Hegel
and the Last Solution of Traditional Metaphysics,” I will examine the
Hegelian speculative logic which is evaluated to have succeeded in the
reconciliation of finiteness and infinity. He has rejected to admit the
powerlessness of consciousness which is found in the spurious infinity of
traditional metaphysics, and he removed the margin between us and ab-solute being. He made being move within a finite consciousness to
the end, which gives totality to this movement. In this chapter, I will
make clear that the reconciliation which traditional metaphysics has
pursued has gained its fruit by the self-realization of consciousness as
power to posit an order which can encompass being in a total system. In
Chapter 3: “Heidegger and Co-belongingness of Thinking and Being,” I
will clarify what traditional metaphysics did not consider, that is, Being
itself that is not regulated by consciousness and the genuine
‘co-belongingness’ between Being and Thinking. From this co-belongingness,
our being becomes open-ended and we take the responsibility of the
accomplishment of our own being. Here, it will be revealed that the
concepts of finiteness and infinity should be abandoned, from the request
of Being itself which is in union with Thinking, and therefore always in
“finitude.” In Chapter 4: “Derrida vs. Heidegger, on the Occurrence with
Nothingness,” I will advance to the elucidation of Being itself, how it
enables the finitude of our understanding, and which task the
co-belongingness of Being and Thinking demands us to accomplish.
ISSN
1226-7007
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/68739
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