I was just thinking about how I have yet to find in philosophy any ‘why’ of how philosophical turns occur or came about. It appears that everyone just seems to all of a sudden be talking in a particular manner, about certain things.
And I thought: How un-philosophical of theses philosophers, to only be considering what comes before them without really looking into how it came about.
For example: For all you ‘Realists’ and ‘Postmodernists’. Can you tell me what really constitutes the difference? What I mean is, can you tell me how it came to be different? that is, without referring to what has already occurred so that you can speak about things and refer to various authors that are or have already identified with the ‘turn-genre’ ?
I could be wrong, but I suspect that if we really were philosophical about the ‘how’ of philosophical turns coming about, we might find the very philosophical identities we cling so desperately to are actually not so philosophical and actually quite psychological and political. We might find that the great philosophical ideas that we throw out there to let everyone know how intelligent we are and can be, how super deep we are able to think about things and how coherently we can talk link philosophical words together, might just not be philosophical at all.
Maybe instead of ‘talking about the talk’, someone could actually think (Heidegger asks this: What is thinking?) about how that came to be.
Maybe I could start with an example:
I am not a postmodernist, but I can use postmodern ideas because I already understand them. Postmodernism thus is not a phase or an era, or a philosophical turn, but a moment that uses various terms to indicate a thing. Likewise, I am not a Harman OOO-ist, but I can use his terms to talk about the same things.
Because I am not really able to pin down ‘what I am as a philosopher’, or ‘what school I identify with’, I am curious how people are able to situate their ideas within categories that exclude other ones, and how this is possible.
Anyone care to get out of their comfort zone for a minute and give it a shot?