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The Death of PhilosophyReference and Self-reference in Contemporary Thought$
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Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231147781

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231147781.001.0001

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A Definition of the Model

A Definition of the Model

Scientific Learning and Philosophical Knowledge1

(p.129) 5 A Definition of the Model
The Death of Philosophy

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel

, Richard A. Lynch
Columbia University Press

This chapter challenges the thesis of the death of philosophy and proposes a remedy it calls the reflexive a priori in order to try to overcome the crisis engendered by the current “reflexive deficit.” It argues that the reflexive a priori model’s advantage is that it is so unobvious that it spares us from any lazy references to an argument from authority. The chapter first considers the problem that decisively launched German idealism’s way of philosophizing: the problem of the status of Immanuel Kant’s discourse. It then describes the concept of reflexive identity, or self-reference, and proceeds with a discussion of the reflexive a priori model based on the law of self-reference and philosophical truth. It also examines the nature of epistemology associated with the principle of self-referentiality by focusing on its interrogation of knowledge. Finally, it returns to the model of self-reference, encapsulated in its principle: congruence between a statement and its utterance.

Keywords:   death of philosophy, reflexive a priori model, reflexive deficit, Immanuel Kant, reflexive identity, self-reference, philosophical truth, epistemology, philosophy, knowledge

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