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Continental Realism and Its Discontents$
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Marie-Eve Morin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474421140

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.001.0001

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Pessimism, or The Importance of Indifference, Time and Suffering in Realist Ontologies

Pessimism, or The Importance of Indifference, Time and Suffering in Realist Ontologies

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(p.100) Chapter 5 Pessimism, or The Importance of Indifference, Time and Suffering in Realist Ontologies
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Continental Realism and Its Discontents
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Rick Elmore

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474421140.003.0006

There is a growing body of work that reclaims pessimism as a robust philosophical position central to the development of modern philosophy and, as this chapter argues, to the re-emergence of realism within continental philosophy. Specially, this chapter contends that pessimism is best understood as an anti-correlationist realism, its concern for the unhappy and suffer-laden character of human life emerging from an ontological commitment to a world indifferent to and independent from human life. In addition, pessimism connects the assertion of a realist ontology to questions of suffering, violence, and time, highlighting the dangerously ideological character of optimistic or anti-realist metaphysics. This emphasis on realism as ideology critique marks pessimism’s key contribution to our understanding of realism.

Keywords:   pessimism, realism, violence, suffering, ontology, time

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