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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 Sallis

In Broken Hegemonies, the late distinguished philosopher Reiner Schürmann offers a radical rethinking of the history of Western philosophy from the Greeks through Heidegger. Schürmann 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, Schürmann 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page, Dedication Page
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. CONTENTS
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. TRANSLATOR'S REMARKS
  2. p. xiii
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  1. VOLUME ONE
  2. p. 1
  1. General Introduction
  2. pp. 3-48
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  1. PART ONE: In the Name of the One: The Greek Hegemonic Fantasm
  2. p. 49
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  1. I. Its Institution: The One That Holds Together (Parmenides)
  2. pp. 51-54
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  1. CHAPTER 1: Contradictories: Their Juxtaposition and Their Confusion
  2. pp. 55-70
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  1. CHAPTER 2: Contraries: The Ground for Obligation
  2. pp. 71-94
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  1. CHAPTER 3: On Power and Forces: The Normative System
  2. pp. 95-109
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  1. CHAPTER 4: Henology Turned against Itself?
  2. pp. 110-121
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  1. CHAPTER 5: The Disparate: Narrative of a Journey
  2. pp. 122-135
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  1. II: Its Destitution: The One Turned against Itself (Plotinus)
  2. p. 137
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 139-142
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  1. CHAPTER 6: The Temporalizing Event
  2. pp. 143-160
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  1. CHAPTER 7: The Singularizing Contretemps
  2. pp. 161-188
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  1. PART TWO: In the Name of Nature: The Latin Hegemonic Fantasm
  2. pp. 189-200
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  1. I: Its Institution: The Principle of Telic Continuity (Cicero and Augustine)
  2. pp. 201-203
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  1. CHAPTER 8: Concerning Singular Given Natures
  2. pp. 205-221
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  1. CHAPTER 9: On the Erratic Differend
  2. pp. 222-239
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  1. CHAPTER 10: On the Natural Double Bind: The Will Turned against Itself
  2. pp. 240-267
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  1. II: Its Destitution: The Double Bind of Principle and Origin (Meister Eckhart)
  2. p. 269
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 271-274
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  1. CHAPTER 11: Nature, Principle of Subordinations
  2. pp. 275-297
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  1. CHAPTER 12: Feet on One's Neighbor's Head
  2. pp. 298-318
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  1. CHAPTER 13: Nature Denatured by the Origin
  2. pp. 319-340
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  1. VOLUME TWO
  2. p. 341
  1. Preface: Analytic of Ultimates and Topology of Broken Hegemonies
  2. pp. 343-349
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  1. PART THREE: In the Name of Consciousness: The Modern Hegemonic Fantasm
  2. p. 351
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 353-363
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  1. I: Its Institution: On the Consciousness That Determines (Kant with Luther)
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. A. The Regime of Passive Consciousness: 'An Obedient Spirit that Lets Itself be Broken . . .'
  2. p. 369
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  1. CHAPTER 1: The Identity of the "I"
  2. pp. 371-407
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  1. CHAPTER 2: A Pathetic Differend
  2. pp. 408-443
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  1. B. The Regime of Spontaneous Consciousness: "I, the Possessor of the World"
  2. p. 445
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 447-451
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  1. CHAPTER 3: The Torments of Autonomy
  2. pp. 453-481
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  1. CHAPTER 4: The Differend in Being-for-Consciousness
  2. pp. 483-510
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  1. II: The Diremption: On Double Binds without a Common Noun (Heidegger)
  2. p. 511
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  1. Introduction: Proteus Alone Can Save Us Now
  2. pp. 513-528
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  1. CHAPTER 5: On the Historial Differend
  2. pp. 529-552
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  1. CHAPTER 6: What, the Deferred There?
  2. pp. 553-574
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  1. CHAPTER 7: On the Discordance of Times
  2. pp. 575-620
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 621-632
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  1. NOTES
  2. pp. 633-680
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  1. INDEX OF NAMES
  2. pp. 681-683
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  1. INDEX OF TERMS [Includes About the Author]
  2. pp. 685-692
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