von Guido K. Tamponi
Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2016, 302 pages
This book is the first monograph in German dealing exclusively with F.C.S. Schiller, until now and even given today‘s „Renaissance of Pragmatism“ the most neglected of the classical pragmatists. It tries for the first time to analyze all aspects of his oeuvre by conceptualizing it as a “twofold humanism”: consisting of a more descriptive „methodical humanism“ and a more normative „prophetic humanism“. These two and irreducible perspectives of Schiller‘s writing allow him to take into account the human condition not, as most of the interpreters suggest, in a radical but in a holistical manner: man existing as an individual and as a member of society, as an I in the community with God, as a biological fact and as a still not yet realized ideal in the light of multiple forms of criticism and reform. Thus it becomes clear that Schiller‘s complex thought – logical, ethical, social, educational and metaphysical – cannot be confined to individual aspects, particularly not to the topos of the „theory of truth“, as the common „reading“ of his writing stereotypically insinuates. Rather, it revolves around the most fundamental question of philosophy as such: concerned with the meaning of life in its entirety, especially in the light of the modern threat of nihilism and pessimism.
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