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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2016, Vol. 11 Issue (3) : 430-443
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Reason and Besinnung: Heidegger’s Reflections on Science in Contributions to Philosophy
KE Xiaogang()
College of Humanities, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China
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Heidegger’s reflection on modern sciences in his Contributions to Philosophy is a “questioning of philosophy” instead of an analysis of a “problem of logic.” Therefore, this Being-historical reflection is an ontological grounding effort of reason, instead of a rational critique of the sciences. Heidegger calls this ontological grounding a “Besinnung” or “mindful deliberation,” which is one of the most important words in the Contributions. This “Besinnung” is not only a kind of “philosophy of science,” but also a political critique of modern sciences.

Keywords Martin Heidegger      Contributions to Philosophy       reason      modern sciences      Besinnung (mindful deliberation)      ontological grounding     
Issue Date: 19 September 2016
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KE Xiaogang. Reason and Besinnung: Heidegger’s Reflections on Science in Contributions to Philosophy [J]. Front. Philos. China, 2016, 11(3): 430-443.
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