International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Metaxological intermediation and the between

William Desmond

pp. 45-88


Hegel is perhaps the modern philosopher par excellence of mediation, and his criticisms of doctrines of immediacy are worthy of consideration. I see his mediation as following a logic of self-determination, and this, even when his views are clearly open to an acknowledgement of the other to self. By contrast to Hegel’s self-determining dialectic, I offer an account of immediacy and mediation, and their interrelation, in light of a metaxological conception of being. This concept ion asks for the invocation of a surplus givenness that is not the opposite of mediation, but rather than a mere indeterminacy, a set of determinations, or an inclusive process of self- determination. I draw on the account I have offered in Being and the Between. I also offer some reflections on how this approach overlaps with, and diverges from some phenomenological treatments of the matter.

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Stone Richard, Morisato Takeshi (2019) Mediation. Metodo 7 (2).

Pages: 45-88

Full citation:

Desmond William (2019) „Metaxological intermediation and the between“. Metodo 7 (2), 45–88.