There are elements of modernity scattered as far back as Swift and Hume, and even Hobbes, says Gibson, but it was only during the period 1780-1830 and with the French Revolution that praxis as well as thought took as its first principle ungroundedness
, the final absence of all foundations, the power of the virtual within the actual, the possible transformations of all forms.
In A Buddhist History, the alienation produced by the self s sense of its ungroundedness
led to the creation of institutions which promise to secure the self.
This transposition of man onto the plane of nature is at the same time the occasion for an encounter between philosophy and the natural sciences, and so the two main parts of the text may be taken to indicate an answer to the question of the relation between ontology and theology, metaphysics and physics, raised in the Preliminary Appraisal, and thus a novel way in which we might think the ungroundedness
and possible grounding of philosophy, and precisely at the site where it is most endangered: the battlefield it shares with the natural sciences, a Kampfplatz which is nature itself.
(54) The event of beyng that occurs in the clearing is thus surpassed by the nonevent of Dao; it is a nonevent because Dao acts as the pivot for all transformations while at the same time grounding their truth in its own ungroundedness
While Robertson rightly celebrates the raw potential of the "invisible space of reading" and the "utopian ungroundedness
" of thinking, her enthusiasm may be colored by her choice of texts.
Ultimately there is an essential indeterminacy, arbitrariness in meaning, ungroundedness
. Returning to Wittgenstein, Steuer offers consideration of 'the complete language-game of "hoping"' as an example (72).
Such a project could only serve to perpetuate the violent and nihilistic mythos of modern "secular reason." Only the articulation of an alternative mythos, grounded in the rational "ungroundedness
" of Christian theology, would suffice: One's only resort at this juncture, other than mystical despair, is to return to the demonstration that nihilism, as an ontology, is also no more than a mythos.
This conference posed a specific question: "If we absorb postmodernism, if we recognize the variety and the ungroundedness
of grounds, but do not want to stop in arbitrariness, relativism, or aphoria, what comes after postmodernism"?
As John Rajchman once put it: 'Once we give up the belief that our life-world' is grounded in identity 'we may come to a point where ungroundedness
is no longer experienced as existential anxiety [...] but as a freedom and lightness [...]' (Rajchman, 1998: 88).
These poems are marked by an acceptance of language's ambiguity and ungroundedness
and by an abiding, though complicated joy.
Both Green, supra note 19, at 1627-28 & nn.104-06, and Gilles, On Determining Negligence, supra note 16, at 822-25, reached the conclusion that the Reporter for the First Restatement of Torts--Francis Bohlen--was influenced by Terry and Warren Seavey, and that he therefore implanted a roughly utilitarian unreasonableness of risk analysis into the Restatement of Torts, notwithstanding its ungroundedness
in the case law at the time; Krayenbuhl was one of the few cases gesturing in this direction.