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Heidegger and the Greeks

Interpretive Essays

Edited by Drew A. Hyland and John Panteleimon Manoussakis

Publication Year: 2006

Martin Heidegger's sustained reflection on Greek thought has been increasingly recognized as a decisive feature of his own philosophical development. At the same time, this important philosophical meeting has generated considerable controversy and disagreement concerning the radical originality of Heidegger's view of the Greeks and their place in his groundbreaking thinking. In Heidegger and the Greeks, an international group of distinguished philosophers sheds light on the issues raised by Heidegger's encounter and engagement with the Greeks. The careful and nuanced essays brought together here shed light on how core philosophical concepts such as phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics, and ethics are understood today. For readers at all levels, this volume is an invitation to continue the important dialogue with Greek thinking that was started and stimulated by Heidegger.

Contributors are Claudia Baracchi, Walter A. Brogan, Günter Figal, Gregory Fried, Francisco J. Gonzalez, Drew A. Hyland, John Panteleimon Manoussakis, William J. Richardson, John Sallis, Dennis J. Schmidt, and Peter Warnek.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought


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pp. vii-viii

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pp. ix

For some time now, Martin Heidegger’s sustained reflections on Greek philosophical thought have been increasingly recognized as a decisive feature of his own philosophical development, and at the same time, have been the source of lively philosophical controversy, generating considerable disagreement concerning both their radical originality as interpretations of the Greeks and their place in his own development. It is especially ...

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pp. xi

We would like to thank the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, for allowing us to reproduce on the cover of this book one of the sketches that John Singer Sargent created as he was working on the murals that adorn the MFA’s rotunda. The title of that work is “The Unveiling of Truth,” and it can be seen, in its completed execution, above the entrance to the Museum’s Library, flanked by the figures of Philosophy and Science. John Singer ...

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Introduction: The Sojourn in the Light

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pp. 1-8

“Heidegger and the Greeks”: how is it that this joining “and” in the title of this volume can bring together the German thinker, on the one hand, and “the Greeks,”1 on the other? How is this simple “and” to traverse a span of two millennia and to stretch over—incompatible it would seem— differences in geography, culture, and even philosophy? What does allow this “and” between two so disparate contexts of thought to take place? ...

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1. First of All Came Chaos

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pp. 9-22

Martin Heidegger’s work on the Greeks has long been controversial. This very character has led some of us to write with a certain critical orientation toward his interpretations. Such is altogether appropriate in respect to one whose thinking is as groundbreaking as Heidegger’s. Above all, however, the work of Martin Heidegger should teach us to think. By way, then, ...

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2. Contributions to the Coming-to-Be of Greek Beginnings: Heidegger’s Inceptive Thinking

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pp. 23-42

Contributions to the occurring of the past: from the outset, I am speaking of the past. I am not for the moment concerning myself with the appropriateness of this determinate and singular mention of the past, as if it obviously were the past and one. I am speaking as though the past would require a supplement (contributions, indeed), so that it will have been what it was to be. Note, I am not saying: so that it (the past) may be what ...

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3. The Intractable Interrelationship of Physis and Techne

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pp. 43-56

... In this paper, I will claim that at the time of the writing of this manuscript, which is so preoccupied with the problem of Machenschaft, in the late 1930s, and even later in the 1950s, when Heidegger wrote his essay on “The Question Concerning Technology,” Heidegger’s thought is centered around the recovery of the question of the intractable interrelationship of physis and techne. ...

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4. Translating Innigkeit: The Belonging Together of the Strange

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pp. 57-82

In the short text that is included as an appendix to the Gesamtausgabe printing of his Erläuterungen zu Hölderlins Dichtung and that bears the title “Prologue to a Reading of Hölderlin’s Poems,”1 Heidegger speaks of Hölderlin’s poetry as a destiny which awaits the response of mortals, which awaits its Entsprechung, a correspondence or a reception that is also ...

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5. Heidegger’s Philosophy of Language in an Aristotelian Context: Dynamis meta logou

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pp. 83-92

On the Way to Language—with this title, Heidegger has not only aptly characterized the contributions of his late book; the title characterizes his philosophy as a whole. There has never been a turn to language in Heidegger; at the beginning of his independent philosophizing he was already concerned with the question of language, in a manner that, basically, applies ...

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6. Toward the Future of Truth

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pp. 93-110

Anyone who is not a native of Greece will have one or other standout memory of his or her first experience of that remarkable place that is Athens. For me, it was the first visit to Marathon. Propelled by a longtime adolescent fantasy as old as high school days, I took off alone one summer afternoon only to find this singular monument to the Marathon dead ...

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7. What We Owe the Dead

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pp. 111-126

To speak of “Heidegger and the Greeks”—to speak, that is, of a single contemporary thinker who volatized inherited forms of thinking (forms largely owing to how “the Greeks” have been read) and of a collective designation for a diverse group of ancient thinkers now canonized—is to speak, among other matters, of the relation of the present to the past. A large theme, summoning far too much at once, like the ghosts who flock around ...

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8. Beyond or Beneath Good and Evil? Heidegger’s Puri¤cation ofAristotle’s Ethics

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pp. 127-156

Published for the first time in 2002 but originally delivered in 1924, Heidegger’s course Grundbegriffe der aristotelischen Philosophie1 has without question been very eagerly awaited. Though some knowledge of the course was possible earlier through the Walter Bröcker transcript in the Marcuse Archive, and though apparently Heidegger’s own manuscript survives for approximately only one-third of the course, the ...

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9. Back to the Cave: A Platonic Rejoinder to Heideggerian Postmodernism

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pp. 157-176

It may seem odd to turn to Plato for a defense against Heidegger’s critique of philosophy and against the versions of postmodernism that have proceeded from it. But the choice makes sense considering how Heidegger and much of the postmodern tradition that draws upon him (and Nietzsche) trace the purported nihilism of the West back to Plato and Plato’s Socrates and his “doctrine” of the ideas.1 Of course, Heidegger means by “doctrine” ...

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10. Plato’s Other Beginning

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pp. 177-190

Think of the beginning of a sentence or of an essay or of an entire book. The beginning, the very first word, must anticipate, before anything has been said, all that will be said. With the first word, the whole of what one would say must already be in play, even if one’s intention never simply precedes its realization in speech, even if one genuinely knows what one wants to say only when one has succeeded in saying it. ...

List of Contributors

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pp. 191


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pp. 193-194

E-ISBN-13: 9780253112279
E-ISBN-10: 0253112273
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253348029

Page Count: 208
Publication Year: 2006

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought