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Desmond, William 1951-

Works: 70 works in 324 publications in 5 languages and 19,231 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings  Exhibition catalogs  Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Honoree, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works by William Desmond
Art and the absolute : a study of Hegel's aesthetics by William Desmond( )

15 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 1,732 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Art, origins, otherness : between philosophy and art by William Desmond( )

11 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 1,678 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book deals diversely with the issues of art, origins, and otherness, both in themselves and in philosophical engagements with the works of Plato, Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. Addressing themes such as eros and mania, genius and the sublime, transcendence and the saving power of art, William Desmond tries to make sense of the paradox that too much has been asked of art that now almost nothing is asked of it. He argues that there is more to be said philosophically of art, and claims that art has the power to open up mindfulness beyond objectifying knowledge, as well as beyond thinking that claims to be entirely self-determining."--Jacket
Hegel and his critics : philosophy in the aftermath of Hegel( )

8 editions published in 1989 in English and held by 1,620 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond Hegel and dialectic : speculation, cult, and comedy by William Desmond( )

10 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 1,548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a defense of speculative philosophy in the wake of Hegel. In a number of wide-ranging, meditative essays, Desmond deals with the criticism of speculative thought in post-Hegelian thinking. He covers the interpretation of Hegelian speculation in terms of the metataxological notion of being and the concept of philosophy that Desmond has developed in two previous works, Philosophy and Its Others, and Desire, Dialectic, and Otherness. Though Hegel is Desmond's primary interlocutor, there are references to Aristophanes, Socrates, Plato, Augustine, Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Levinas, and Derrida. Desmond is concerned with the limits of philosophy. The themes of the essays include speculation and historicism, speculation and cult, speculation and representation, evil and dialectic, logos and the comedy of failure. -- Back cover
Perplexity and ultimacy : metaphysical thoughts from the middle by William Desmond( )

9 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 1,456 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The intimate strangeness of being : metaphysics after dialectic by William Desmond( )

13 editions published between 1900 and 2012 in English and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book explores the contested place of metaphysics since Kant and Hegel, arguing for a renewed metaphysical thinking about the intimate strangeness of being. There is a mysterious strangeness to being at all, and yet there is also something intimate. Without the intimacy, argues William Desmond, we become strangers in being; without the mystery, we take being for granted. The book locates the origin of metaphysics' contested place in recessed equivocations in Kantian critique and Hegelian dialectic, equivocations that keep from view the more original sources of metaphysical thinking. It takes issue with contemporary claims about the "overcoming of metaphysics" associated with Heidegger, the "deconstruction of metaphysics" associated with Derrida, as well as with claims that a new "post-metaphysical thinking" is necessary. The book begins with an exploration of the status of metaphysics in light of equivocations in Hegelian dialectic. It then offers an assessment of metaphysics in light of critique and deconstruction. Finally, it proposes an affirmative rethinking of the constant perplexities of being in terms of a metaxological metaphysics. This metaphysics involves a thinking of the between (metaxu) that characterizes Desmond's singular approach. Addressing the problematic state of metaphysics in recent centuries, this metaxological metaphysics tries to be true to both the strange mystery and the intimacy, to be faithful to the constant perplexities of being, and to recuperate appreciatively some of the rich resources of the longer philosophical tradition
Desire, dialectic, and otherness : an essay on origins by William Desmond( )

22 editions published between 1987 and 2014 in English and held by 1,344 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a philosophical effort to deal with the problem of otherness, particularly as it has been bequeathed to contemporary thought by the legacy of German idealism, whose most challenging, influential thinker was Hegel
Is there a sabbath for thought? : between religion and philosophy by William Desmond( )

14 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 1,225 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Desmond dwells on elemental experiences that keep the soul alive to the enigma of the divine. He pursues what is intimate yet universal: sleep, reverence, hatred and love, peace and war
Philosophy and religion in German idealism by William Desmond( )

27 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 819 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This volume comprises studies written by prominent scholars working in the field of German Idealism. These scholars come from the English speaking philosophical world and Continental Europe. They treat major aspects of the place of religion in Idealism, Romanticism and other schools of thought and culture. They also discuss the tensions and relations between religion and philosophy in terms of the specific form they take in German Idealism and in terms of the effect they still have on contemporary culture. The authors consider figures such as Kant, Fichte, Hegel, and Jacobi." "The book will prove very informative to researchers and teachers working in the fields of philosophy, philosophy of religion, and classical German philosophy."--Jacket
God and the between by William Desmond( Book )

13 editions published between 2007 and 2011 in English and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This book explores the space between religion and philosophy, as the religious person cannot escape philosophical perplexity and the philosopher of religion by nature occupies this middle space. The author suggests that this junction is not just dictated by religion having to prove its credentials to rational philosophy but that it is also a matter of philosophy wondering whether religion is the ultimate partner in dialogue."--Jacket
Hegel's god : a counterfeit double? by William Desmond( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2017 in English and held by 351 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Desmond's misgivings regarding Hegel's take on God leads the reader through Hegel's writings to reveal a path that leads anywhere but to God. The author believes that an idol is no less an idol constructed from thought as constructed from gold
The intimate universal : the hidden porosity among religion, art, philosophy, and politics by William Desmond( )

7 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 324 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The concept of the universal has challenged philosophy throughout its history. In The Intimate Universal, William Desmond cuts through its myriad definitions to arrive at a plurivocal alternative that better captures what it means to be human. He identifies religion, art, philosophy, and politics as essential and distinctive modes of human practice, manifestation of what he calls and 'intimate universality' that illuminates individual and social being. These categories are also surprisingly permeable, and by observing their interrelationships he captures signs of a clandestine conversation that he believes will transform our understanding of existence."-adapted from dust jacket
Philosophy and its others : ways of being and mind by William Desmond( Book )

9 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and Portuguese and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Philosophy and its Others" responds to the widespread sense that philosophy must renew its intellectual community with other significant ways of being and mind. The author articulates philosophy's community of mind with the aesthetic, the religious, and the ethical, without losing any of its own distinctive voice. He develops an original and constructive position between these extremes: the Hegelian extreme which reduces the plurality of others to a dialectical totality and the Wittgensteinian and deconstructive options that celebrate plurality, but without a proper sense of the connectedness of philosophy and its others
Ethics and the between by William Desmond( Book )

6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In Ethics and the Between William Desmond addresses our current perplexities regarding the devaluation of being in modernity and the shadow of ethical nihilism. He rethinks the sources of value, the diverse ethical ways, the nature of ethical selving and communities, and articulates the necessity for a comprehensive reconstructive thinking about the meaning of being good, consonant with the response to the question of being in Being and the Between, the first book of a planned trilogy. -- Back cover
Being and the between by William Desmond( Book )

7 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 282 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Being and dialectic : metaphysics and culture( Book )

4 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond conflict and reduction : between philosophy, science, and religion( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and Dutch and held by 77 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Handbook of Whiteheadian process thought by Michel Weber( Book )

8 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gathering 115 entries written by 101 internationally renowned experts in their fields, the Handbook of Whiteheadian Process Thought aims at canvassing the current state of knowledge in Whiteheadian scholarship and at identifying promising directions for future investigations through (internal) cross-elucidation and (external) interdisciplinary development. Two kinds of entries are weaved together in order to interpret Whitehead secundum Whitehead and to read him from the vantage point of interdisciplinary and crossdisciplinary research. The "thematic" entries provide (i) a broad contextualisation of the issue at stake; (ii) a focus on Whitehead's treatment (if any) or of a possible Whiteheadian treatment of the issue; (iii) a history of relevant scholarship; (iv) a personal assessment by the Author. The "biographical" entries provide (i) a brief vita of the targeted thinker; (ii) a sketch of his/her categories relevant to the Whiteheadian scholarship; (iii) a personal assessment of the actual (or possible) Whiteheadian semantic transfer to or from the thinker
La petite fille de ses rêves by Donna Leon( Book )

3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in French and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Des secrets de famille valent-ils plus chers qu?une petite fille ? Alors que le commissaire Brunetti vient d?enterrer sa mère, une étrange requête lui est présentée par un missionnaire tout juste revenu d?Afrique : le policier pourrait-il s?intéresser aux agissements d?une secte qui sévit depuis quelque temps à Venise ? Au début, Brunetti hésite. Peut-être le padre Antonin Scallon redoute-t-il seulement la concurrence ? D?un autre côté, si le gourou cherche à plumer ses adeptes, il faudra y regarder de plus près. Mais très vite, une affaire plus grave va monopoliser les pensées de Brunetti. Par une matinée froide et pluvieuse, le corps d?une fillette est retrouvé dans un canal. Fait étrange, nul n?a signalé sa disparition, ni celle des bijoux récupérés dans ses vêtements. Qui est cette enfant ? Qui a causé sa mort ? Pour protéger quels secrets l?a-t-on assassinée ? Tant que Brunetti n?aura pas découvert la vérité à son sujet, cette petite fille hantera ses nuits?
W. Eugene Smith : du côté de l'ombre by Gilles Mora( Book )

2 editions published in 1998 in French and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Art, origins, otherness : between philosophy and art
Hegel and his critics : philosophy in the aftermath of HegelPerplexity and ultimacy : metaphysical thoughts from the middleIs there a sabbath for thought? : between religion and philosophyPhilosophy and religion in German idealismGod and the betweenHegel's god : a counterfeit double?Philosophy and its others : ways of being and mindEthics and the between
Alternative Names
Desmond, William

William Desmond Irish philosopher

William Desmond philosophe irlandais

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