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Heidegger and Rhetoric

Daniel M. Gross, Ansgar Kemmann

Publication Year: 2005

Featuring essays by renowned scholars Michael J. Hyde, Theodore Kisiel, Mark Michalski, Otto Pöggeler, and Nancy S. Struever, this book provides the definitive treatment of Martin Heidegger’s 1924 lecture course, “Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy.” A deep and original interview with philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, who attended the lecture course, is also included. Conducted over the course of three years, just prior to his death in 2002, the interview is Gadamer’s last major philosophical statement. By carefully considering this lecture course in the context of Heidegger’s life and work, the contributors compel us to reconsider the history and theory of rhetoric, as well as the history of twentieth-century continental philosophy.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Front Matter

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pp. v

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1. Introduction: Being-Moved: The Pathos of Heidegger’s Rhetorical Ontology

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pp. 1-45

"Heidegger and hermeneutics” trips off the tongue. But “Heidegger and rhetoric”? This story has not been adequately told, despite Heidegger’s intense conviction expressed above.2 Indeed it is often assumed that the rhetorical sensibilities of a Ricoeur, Derrida, or Foucault developed primarily in the wake of that other specter of modern German philosophy, Friedrich Nietzsche. The year 1872 would thus mark the...

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2. Heidegger as Rhetor: Hans-Georg Gadamer Interviewed by Ansgar Kemmann

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pp. 47-64

When speaking of Heidegger you must, of course, first remember what an enormous task lay before him, considering the dominance of St. Thomas Aquinas. And what was truly amazing is that he was able to revive Aristotle. For me as well—there can be no doubt about it—I was completely enthralled when I came to Freiburg, simply due to the wellknown essay on Aristotle, which secured him...

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3. Hermeneutic Phenomenology as Philology

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pp. 65-80

It was quite a surprise when, in the summer semester of 1924, Martin Heidegger began his Marburg lecture course, “Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy,” with the announcement that he would be offering a course neither on philosophy, nor on the history of philosophy, but on philology.1 In order to understand what is meant here by philology and by a philological approach to Aristotle, it is best to begin by considering...

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4. A Matter of the Heart: Epideictic Rhetoric and Heidegger’s Call of Conscience

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pp. 81-104

Recalling what it was like to listen to Heidegger lecture on Aristotle in the early 1920s in Freiburg and Marburg, Hans Georg-Gadamer writes, “Today no one would doubt that the fundamental intention which guided Heidegger in his engrossment with Aristotle was critical and de(con)structive. . . . Heidegger brought superb powers of phenomenological intuition . . . to his interpretations and, in so doing, freed the original...

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5. Allt

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pp. 105-130

The lectures of the summer semester of 1924, “Grundbegriffe der aristotelischen Philosophie,” represent an extraordinary opportunity for the historian of rhetoric. What is notable in the beginning lectures is Heidegger’s perspicacity in reading the Rhetoric as a mode of inquiry, as, indeed, giving us a life science, an account of our defining life capacities. His ingenious strategy, I would argue, is...

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6. Rhetorical Protopolitics in Heidegger and Arendt

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pp. 131-160

The year 1923 was a particularly bad one, an annus terribilis, for postwar Germany, in which the full punitive effects of the Versailles Treaty came to catastrophic fruition in the Weimar Republic. Heidegger’s rhetorical-phenomenological concept of the political takes shape against the historical backdrop of a viciously internescine party politics turned more rabid in its rhetoric by the increasingly rampant inflation brought...

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7. Heidegger’s Restricted Conception of Rhetoric

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pp. 161-176

When, in the troubled year 1947, Heidegger found himself indicted on account of his National Socialist entanglement, he privately published Out of the Experience of Thinking. Like a convalescent cherishing the simplest of experiences in order to maintain his balance, Heidegger in this work invokes the changes of the days and seasons and relates them to the language of thought. He holds onto the disguised poetic character...

Selected Bibliography: Heidegger and Rhetoric

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pp. 177-183


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pp. 185-188

Index of Names

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pp. 189-192

Index of Subject Matter

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pp. 193-195

E-ISBN-13: 9780791482766
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791465516
Print-ISBN-10: 0791465519

Page Count: 201
Publication Year: 2005