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2019 - Volume 3 - Number 2

Habermas on Heidegger and Bataille: Positing the Postmetaphysical Experience

Fasil Merawi * * ORCID: 0000-0002-9661-4503
Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA

Open Journal for Studies in Philosophy, 2019, 3(2), 45-60 *
Online Published Date: 17 December 2019

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KEY WORDS: being, heterology, postmetaphysical.

This article critically exposes Habermas’ discussion of Martin Heidegger’s philosophy of Being and George Bataille’s heterology as a way of identifying the postmetaphysical stance as the guiding spirit of Habermas’ modernity. In his work The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Habermas argues that whereas Heidegger’s Being sacrifices actuality in the name of interpretation, Bataille’s heterology sets up the unlimited experience which fails to provide an impetus for societal critique. Here a postmetaphysical approach is envisaged by Habermas as a way of going beyond the confines of the metaphysical tradition, although it also needs to pay attention to charges of misreading in its attempt to deconstruct the discourse of the modern.

Fasil Merawi, Lecturer, Addis Ababa University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Philosophy, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA. E-mail:


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