The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic
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The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic

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Offering a full-scale study of the theory of reality hidden beneath modern logic, The Metaphysical Foundations of Logic, a lecture course given in 1928, illuminates the transitional phase in Heidegger's thought from the existential analysis of Being and Time to the overcoming of metaphysics in his later philosophy. In a searching exposition of the metaphysical problems underpinning Leibniz's theory of logical judgment, Heidegger establishes that a given theory of logic is rooted in a certain conception of Being. He explores the significance of Western logic as a system-building technical tool and as a cultural phenomenon that is centuries old.show more

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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 228.6 x 17.78mm | 362.87g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0253207649
  • 9780253207647
  • 565,684

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In a searching exposition of the metaphysical problems underpinning Leibniz's theory of logical judgment, Heidegger establishes that a given theory of logic is rooted in a certain conception of Being. He explores the significance of Western logic as a system-building technical tool and as a cultural phenomenon that is centuries old.show more

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""... the most detailed statement of Heidegger's reflections on logic available in English." -Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal"Heim's excellent translation is eminently readable." -Canadian Philosophical Review"All in all, an extraordinary book."-David Farrell Krell" -show more

About Martin Heidegger

Michael Heim is the author of Electric Language: A Philosophical Study of Word Processing.show more

Table of contents

Key to References Cited in the TextIntroductionI. On the traditional conception of logicII. Introduction to the idea of philosophyIII. The Definition of philosophy according to AristotleIV. The Basic question of philosophy and the question of manV. Basic problems of a philosophical logicVI. The traditional classifications of logic and the task of returning to the foundations of this logicPreliminary NoteFirt Major PartDismantling Leibniz's Doctrine of Judgement Down to Basic Metaphysical Problems1. Characterization of the general structure of judgment2. Judgement and the idea of truth. The basic forms of truth In memoriam Max Scheler3. The idea of truth and the principles of knowledge Summary4. The idea of knowledge as such5. The essential determination of the being of genuine beingsa) The monad as driveb) Intermediate reflections to find the guiding clue for the interpretation of beingc) The structure6. The basic notion of being as such (not carried out)7. The theory of judgment and the notion of being. Logic and ontologySecond Major PartThe Metaphysics of the Principle of Reason as the Foundational Problem of LogicFirst Section: Exposition of teh Dimensions of the Problem8. The principle of ground as a rule of thought9. The essence of truth and its essential relation to "ground"a) The essence of propositional truthb) Intentionality and transcendence10. The problem of transcendence and the problem of Being and TimeAppendix: Describing the Idea and Function of a Fundamental OntologySecond Section: The problem of Ground11. The transcendence of Daseina) On the concept of transcendenceb) The phenomenon of worldc) Freedom and world12. Transcendence and temporality (nihil originarium)13. Transcendence temporalizing itself in temporality and the essence of ground14. The essence of ground and the idea of logicsupplement: distance and nearnesseditor's epiloguetranslator's afterwordindexshow more

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