Changing one’s mind: Reconsidering Fisch’s idea of framework transitions in (partly) Kierkegaardian fashion

  • The article critically engages Menachem Fisch’s account of normative frameworks, in particular of (rational) transitions between them. I argue, first, that exposure to the normative criticism leveled at us by other human beings is indeed “capable of destabilizing normative commitment” to one’s own underlying framework beliefs and standards, as Fisch holds; however, closer scrutiny reveals that such exposure is neither sufficient nor necessary but rather accidental in this respect. Second, I will try to show that Søren Kierkegaard’s account of how people fundamentally change their mind provides resources for both a substantial critique of Fisch and a more adequate understanding of the transitions in question. The article argues, third, that Fisch’s framework model – though meaningful, in fact heuristically indispensable in and as of itself – has robust transcendental implications which as such are being ignored, if not directly denied by Fisch and, precisely by being ignored or denied, unnecessarily weaken the overall plausibility of his account. Finally, and ex post, I will address an important objection raised by some commentators.

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Author:Heiko SchulzGND
Parent Title (German):Open Philosophy
Publisher:De Gruyter Poland
Place of publication:Warsaw
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2020/12/18
Date of first Publication:2020/12/18
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2021/01/11
Tag:Kierkegaard; event; framework transition; pre-rationality; principle of charity; self; subjectivity; transperspectivism; understanding
Page Number:20
First Page:750
Last Page:769
Institutes:Evangelische Theologie / Evangelische Theologie
Dewey Decimal Classification:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 10 Philosophie / 100 Philosophie und Psychologie
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung 4.0