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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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The Model’s Fecundity

The Model’s Fecundity

(p.162) 7 The Model’s Fecundity
The Death of Philosophy

Isabelle Thomas-Fogiel

, Richard A. Lynch
Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the fecundity of the reflexive a priori model that it proposes to challenge the thesis of the death of philosophy. The question of the fecundity of the principle of congruence between a statement and its utterance can be addressed in two parts: an elucidation of the mode of reasoning that gives rise to this principle of self-referentiality, on the one hand, and of its possible modalities of application, on the other hand. The first is probably the most important in that it determines the mode of reasoning that advances philosophy to the rank of a knowledge that aspires to truth by taking self-referentiality as a law, model, and guide. The chapter begins by proposing a revitalized definition of transcendental argument and its potential to overcome the “dispute about transcendental arguments.” It then explains the transcendental argument’s positivity in relation to the “utility” of the theory of reflexivity. Finally, it shows how the question of self-reference makes it possible to outline certain answers to questions relative to reference to the world.

Keywords:   reflexive a priori model, death of philosophy, congruence, fecundity, reasoning, self-referentiality, philosophy, transcendental argument, positivity, theory of reflexivity

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