Broken Hegemonies
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... a book of striking originality and depth, a brilliant and quite new interpretation of the nature and history of philosophy." -John SallisIn Broken Hegemonies, the late distinguished philosopher Reiner Schurmann offers a radical rethinking of the history of Western philosophy from the Greeks through Heidegger. Schurmann interprets the history of Western thought and action as a series of eras governed by the rise and fall of certain dominating philosophical ideas that contained the seeds of their own destruction. These eras coincided with their dominant languages: Greek, Latin, and vernacular tongues. Analyzing philosophical texts from Parmenides, Plotinus, and Cicero, through Augustine, Meister Eckhardt, and Kant, to Heidegger, Schurmann traces the arguments by which these ideas gained hegemony and by which their credibility was ultimately demolished. Recognizing the failure of ultimate norms, Broken Hegemonies questions how humanity today is to think and act in the absence of principles.show more

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  • Paperback | 712 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 27.94mm | 997.9g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 1 b&w photos, 1 index
  • 0253215471
  • 9780253215475
  • 714,749

About Reiner Schurmann

Reiner Schurmann (1941-1993) was Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. His books include Meister Eckhardt: Mystic and Philosopher and Heidegger on Being and Acting: From Principles to Anarchy (both Indiana University Press).Reginald Lilly, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Skidmore College, is translator of The Principle of Reason by Martin Heidegger and editor of The Ancients and the Moderns (both Indiana University Press).show more

Table of contents

Translator's RemarksVOLUME ONEGeneral IntroductionPART ONEIN THE NAME OF THE ONE: THE GREEK HEGEMONIC FANTASMI. ITS INSTITUTION: THE ONE THAT HOLDS TOGETHER (PARMENIDES)Chapter 1. Contradictories: Their Juxtaposition and Their ConfusionChapter 2. Contraries: The Foundation for ObligationChapter 3. On Power and Forces: The Normative SystemChapter 4. Henology Turned Against Itself?Chapter 5. The Disparate: Narrative of a JourneyII. ITS DESTITUTION: THE ONE TURNED AGAINST ITSELF (PLOTINUS)IntroductionChapter 6. The Temporalizing EventChapter 7. The Singularising ContretempsPART TWOIN THE NAME OF NATURE:THE HEGEMONIC LATIN FANTASMIntroductionI. ITS INSTITUTION: THE PRINCIPLE OF TELIC CONTINUITY (CICERO AND AUGUSTINE)Chapter 8. Concerning Singular Given NaturesChapter 9. On the Erratic DifferendChapter 10. On the Natural Double Bind: The Will Turned Against ItselfII. ITS DESTITUTION: THE DOUBLE BIND OF PRINCIPLE AND ORIGIN (MEISTER ECKHART)IntroductionChapter 11. Nature, Principle of SubordinationsChapter 12. Feet On One's Neighbor's HeadChapter 13. Nature Denatured by the OriginVOLUME TWOPreface: Analytic of Ultimates and Topology of Broken HegemoniesPART THREE:IN THE NAME OF CONSCIOUSNESS:THE MODERN HEGEMONIC FANTASMIntroduction Excursus: the consciousness of UlyssesI. ITS INSTITUTION: OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS THAT DETERMINES (KANT WITH LUTHER)A. The Regime of Passive Consciousness: 'An Obedient Spirit that Lets Itself be Broken...'Chapter 1. The Identity of the 'I'Chapter 2. A Pathetic DifferendB. The Regime of Spontaneous Consciousness: "I, the Possessor of the World"IntroductionChapter 3. The Torments of AutonomyChapter 4. The Differend in Being-For-ConsciousnessII. THE DIREMPTION: ON DOUBLE BINDS WITHOUT A COMMON NOUN (HEIDEGGER)Introduction: Proteus Alone Can Savshow more

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