Titans, Normunds Books

Dr. Normunds Titans is Professor of General and Comparative Religions at the University of Latvia. He earned his Ph.D. from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Overcoming Metaphysics as a Problem in the History of Philosophy
2006 0-7734-5747-X
This book approaches the issue of overcoming metaphysics from a double perspective called ‘metaphysical insideoutness.’ On the one hand, acknowledging the impossibility of a complete overcoming of metaphysics, it opts for the constant overcoming of one metaphysics with another. On the other hand, it acknowledges some ways of stepping outside metaphysics from the inside. The book starts with an overview of the development of metaphysics from Aristotle to the 18th century and then interprets the modern and recent instances of overcoming metaphysics from the viewpoint of the aforementioned double perspective. Such thinkers as Descartes, Hume, Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, and others are considered, but special emphasis is given to Jacques Derrida, whose work exemplifies the position of ‘metaphysical insideoutness’ paradigmatically by means of his grammatological metaphysics as well as ways to reach outside metaphysics. The remaining and largest part of the study applies this interpretative scheme to the thought of Friedrich Schleiermacher, who also addressed metaphysical questions in the lectures on dialectic and endeavored to overcome metaphysics or speculation in theology.