The Beginning of Western Philosophy
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The Beginning of Western Philosophy : Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides

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Volume 35 of Heidegger's Complete Works comprises a lecture course given at the University of Freiburg in 1932, five years after the publication of Being and Time. During this period, Heidegger was at the height of his creative powers, which are on full display in this clear and imaginative text. In it, Heidegger leads his students in a close reading of two of the earliest philosophical source documents, fragments by Greek thinkers Anaximander and Parmenides. Heidegger develops their common theme of Being and non-being and shows that the question of Being is indeed the origin of Western philosophy. His engagement with these Greek texts is as much of a return to beginnings as it is a potential reawakening of philosophical wonder and inquiry in the present.show more

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  • Book | 240 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 22mm | 479.99g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Translation
  • 0253015537
  • 9780253015532
  • 419,063

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"Publication of this volume will motivate further scholarship on Heidegger's relation to the Pre-Socratics and on the intertwined topics of ontological difference, truth, metaphysics, and attunement. It will serve novice and seasoned Heidegger scholars alike." -Jerome Veith, Seattle University "A review cannot do justice to the entire richness of this lecture course... The present course is thus in every sense a transition: harking back to the temporal analyses of Being from the period of 'Being and Time' and anticipating the increasing preoccupation with the Presocratics and with Greek tragedy that would mark Heidegger's work from the mid-1930s onward." -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviewsshow more

About Martin Heidegger

Richard Rojcewicz is Scholar-in-Residence in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University. He has translated (with Daniela Vallega-Neu) Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy: Of the Event (IUP, 2012) and The Event (IUP, 2012).show more

Table of contents

ContentsTranslator's Introduction The beginning of Western philosophy Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides Part One The dictum of Anaximander of Miletus, 6th-5th Century Introduction1. The mission and the dictum Chapter I The first phase of the interpretation A. The first section of the statement2. The theme of the dictum: beings as a whole B. The second section of the statement3. Beings in the relation of compliance and noncompliance C. The third section of the statement4. Being and time Chapter II The second phase of the interpretation5. The unitary content of the pronouncement on the basis of its central core Chapter III The other dictum6. The sovereign source of beings as the empowering power of appearance Part Two Interposed considerations7. Four objections to the interpretation8. The negative relation to the beginning9. Meditation on the "current situation"10. The grounding utterance of Being11. The actual asking of the question of Being12. Review of the linguistic usage13. The basic question of existence14. Commentary on our concept of existence15. The full rendering of the understanding of Being16. The liberation toward freedom17. Transition to Parmenides: the first explicit and coherent unfolding of the question of Being Part Three The "didactic poem" of Parmenides of Elea 6th-5th Century18. Introduction19. Interpretation of fragment 1. Preparation for the question of Being20. Interpretation of fragments 4 and 521. Interpretation of fragments 6 and 722. Interpretation of fragment 823. The fragments 9, 12, 13, 10, 11, 14, 16, 19 (in the order of their interpretation) Conclusion24. The inceptual question of Being; the law of philosophy AppendixDrafts and plans for the lecture courseEditor's afteshow more

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