This book is concerned with a version of the more general tendency in twentieth-century philosophy to take one's bearings by, or to place central emphasis on, the correct conceptual treatment of ordinary, everyday, pretheoretical experience. It aims to investigate the implications of this tendency, particularly the question regarding the elusiveness of the ordinary. Philosophers have devised elaborate technical machinery for the capture and analysis of the ordinary, but even those who claim to find it ready to hand are forced to engage in theoretical justification of the function they assign it. Philosophers are consequently, and accordingly, led to ask whether the ordinary is not necessarily replaced within philosophical analysis by a theoretical artifact. The ordinary is accessible, but it has the disconcerting feature of turning into the extraordinary even as one grasps it.
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