The march of life: Theory as secret autobiography

The march of life: Theory as secret autobiography

Dieter Thomä, Ulrich Schmid, Vincent Kaufmann

The theorist stays one step removed from life: he is only interested in abstract concepts, theories and their interpretation. But of course, behind the edifice of every theory is the person who constructed it – a person who may have to face the fact that his theories clash with his own life experiences.

But if this is the case, does it make any sense at all to construct a theory in no way connected to life? Vincent Kaufmann, Ulrich Schmid and Dieter Thomä discuss the lives and careers of influential philosophers and other thinkers whose hypotheses were forced to undergo a »biographical turnabout« due to the pressure of such existential misgivings. Philosophers and their lives — an innovative and highly inspirational approach to the present-day theory and its underlying structure.

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The march of life: Theory as secret autobiography

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