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Issue No. 208 17th January 2017

CONTENTS

Edited by Martin Jenkins

I. 'Is It a Bad Thing to Die?' by Max Malikow

II. 'Heidegger and Marx: Is a Dialogue Possible?' by Martin Jenkins

III. 'When Can We Know Our Assumptions?' by Terence Edward

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EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

'Why is there something rather than nothing?' is a fundamental question asked by Philosophers. In the first essay, Max Malikow explores the question: Is non-being, death is a bad thing?

The following by essay by the Editor examines differing views on the essence of human being espoused by both Karl Marx and Martin Heidegger, in order to ask the question whether any philosophical and political dialogue is possible.

Finally, does Human being historically progress as the dialectical manifestation of Reason as Hegel maintained?  Terence Edward examines how once rational assumptions of an age become irrational before, not after the 'Owl of Minerva' takes flight.

Martin Jenkins 2017

Email: martinllowarch.jenkins@virgin.net

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I. 'IS IT A BAD THING TO DIE?' BY MAX MALIKOW

Several years ago I heard two men arguing. At the apex of their dispute one said to the other, "I'm going to kill you!" The other responded, "The way my life is going, death would be an upgrade." Might death ever be an upgrade or is it invariably a bad thing to die? Possibly death is neither good nor bad; perhaps it is neutral [...]

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(c) Max Malikow 2017

Email: malikowm@lemoyne.edu

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II. 'HEIDEGGER AND MARX: IS A DIALOGUE POSSIBLE?' BY MARTIN JENKINS

As a panel member of Dr Geoffrey Klempner's 'Ask a Philosopher' internet service, I answered a question. It asked if there was any similarity between Karl Marx's theory of Alienation and Heidegger's theory of 'deworlding'. This reanimated a line of enquiry I had long been wanting to pursue: is there any common philosophical ground between Marxism and Heidegger? [...]

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(c) Martin Jenkins 2017

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III. 'WHEN CAN WE KNOW OUR ASSUMPTIONS?' BY TERENCE EDWARD

Early on in his book Philosophy of Right, the daunting philosopher G.W.F. Hegel presents readers with mysterious images: 'When philosophy paints its grey in grey, then has a shape of life grown old. By philosophy's grey in grey it cannot be rejuvenated but only understood. The owl of Minerva spreads its wings only with the falling of the dusk.' What is Hegel trying to convey by these images: that philosophy paints its grey in grey, and that the owl of Minerva begins its flight at dusk? [...]

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(c) Terence Edward 2017

Email: T.R.Edward@manchester.ac.uk

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