Title

Play and Language in Gadamer: An Ontological Interpretation of Nuptial Union

Author

Felix Owino

Defense Date

4-6-2005

Graduation Date

Spring 1-1-2005

Availability

Campus Only

Submission Type

dissertation

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Philosophy

School

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Committee Chair

Wilhelm S. Wurzer

Committee Member

Eva-Maria Simms

Committee Member

James Kelly

Committee Member

Thomas Rockmore

Keywords

Center of Intelligibility, Divorce, Divortium, Monadic (Mathematical) One, Nuptial Union, Nuptiality

Abstract

The work begins with a critique of traditional understanding of ontology. It presents different interpretations of the question of "being," beginning with a numerical unity and developing the idea beyond the mathematical. The West is presented as having prioritized the predicative interpretation over the judicative through Thomistic thought and subsequent thinkers. Heidegger and Gadamer are credited with opening up new vistas for the understanding of being that transcends metaphysics of subjectivity thus opening dialogue with other cultures, in particular, the Luo of Western Kenya in East Africa. The approach begins with Nuptial Union which leads to nuptiality and bounces back to present nuptiality as the transcendental condition for the possibility not only of nuptial union but of all experience whatsoever. Play and Language of Gadamer thus become the means through which being comes to presentation in expressed-ness.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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