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date: 22 November 2019

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The idea of ‘overcoming epistemology’ is a recurrent theme in the philosophy of the last two centuries, and it means many different things. At the beginning of this period, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel rejected the Kantian prescription that metaphysics should be preceded by a critical investigation of the epistemic faculties. Although overcoming epistemology has been an aspiration of both so-called ‘continental’ and so-called ‘analytical’ philosophers, successfully overcoming epistemology is more difficult than is often thought. This article deals with two attempts to overcome epistemology, those of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, and tries to answer both the quaestio facti and the quaestio iuris with regard to their endeavours. Before doing so, however, it explains why philosophers in the twentieth century thought it important to overcome or repudiate epistemology in the first place.

Keywords: epistemology, metaphysics, Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, quaestio facti, quaestio iuris

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