This book has demonstrated that it is possible to understand philosophy without the end of its history and its history without the end of philosophy. To do so, it has analyzed the theme of the end or the death of philosophy: who defends this position, why, and how they are theoretically consistent. Beginning from the most pronounced assertions (calls for “anti-” or “post-philosophy,” or even the wish for philosophy’s dissolution in an empirical science), it has explored this theme in other guises, less provocative than the first but still positing the death of the discipline. It has offered a model that challenges the claim that philosophy is dead as a first, autonomous, and distinct discipline—namely, the “reflexive a priori,” a principle of self-referentiality that makes it possible to show that philosophy is a distinct, first discipline, endowed with a rigorous method—a redefined and revitalized transcendental argument. This challenge to the death of philosophy has put the thesis of the end of the discipline into perspective by looking for its source: the “race to reference”.
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