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Heidegger and Aristotle

The Twofoldness of Being

Walter A. Brogan

Publication Year: 2005

Walter A. Brogan’s long-awaited book exploring Heidegger’s phenomenological reading of Aristotle’s philosophy places particular emphasis on the Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Rhetoric. Controversial and challenging, Heidegger and Aristotle claims that it is Heidegger’s sustained thematic focus and insight that governs his overall reading of Aristotle, namely, that Aristotle, while attempting to remain faithful to the Parmenidean dictum regarding the oneness and unity of being, nevertheless thinks of being as twofold. Brogan offers a careful and detailed analysis of several of the most important of Heidegger’s treatises on Aristotle, including his assertion that Aristotle’s twofoldness of being has been ignored or misread in the traditional substance-oriented readings of Aristotle. This groundbreaking study contributes immensely to the scholarship of a growing community of ancient Greek scholars engaged in phenomenological approaches to the reading and understanding of Aristotle.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. iii-v

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

This book offers a study of the central texts in which Heidegger presents his phenomenological reading of Aristotle’s philosophy. Heidegger’s readings span the corpus of Aristotle’s philosophy, with particular emphasis on the Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Rhetoric. I claim in the book that Heidegger has a sustained thematic focus and insight that govern his overall...

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Chapter 1 Martin Heidegger’s Relationship to Aristotle

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pp. 1-20

Martin Heidegger is a key figure in twentieth-century philosophy. His work on Aristotle, a strong focus in the early stages of his career, plays an important role in the genesis of his thought and has a formative influence on his unique understanding of phenomenology. In some regards, one could rightfully claim that it was his reading of Aristotle that made it possible...

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Chapter 2 The Doubling of Phusis: Aristotle’s View of Nature

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pp. 21-56

Given the number of courses and texts that Heidegger devotes to Aristotle in the decade after his 1922 Introduction to the never actually written book on Aristotle, it may seem surprising that I have decided to turn first to his 1939 text, devoted to a commentary on Aristotle’s Physics B1, before discussing these other works. But, for Heidegger, the fundamental horizon of...

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Chapter 3 The Destructuring of the Tradition

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pp. 57-109

Aristotle’s confrontation with Antiphon in Physics B1 raises the central questions that are involved in the meaning of phusis. It is only with an awareness of these difficulties that the breadth of Aristotle’s venture becomes evident. What is at stake are the method and task of Aristotle’s project. This task is twofold. On the one hand, phusis has to be understood...

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Chapter 4 The Force of Being

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pp. 110-137

In this chapter, we will take up some of the same issues as were discussed in our consideration of Aristotle’s Physics B1, where the central problem was seen to be the explanation of the being of motion and the Aristotelian sense of the twofoldness of being. There the notions of dunamis and energeia, as well as the whole problem of nonbeing and its relation to being,...

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Chapter 5 Heidegger and Aristotle: An Ontology of Human Dasein

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pp. 138-187

This chapter is divided into five parts. In this first section of the chapter, I want to argue that Aristotle’s Nichomachean Ethics is primarily an ontology of human being. My intention is to offer a reading of the Ethics that draws it into close proximity to Heidegger’s Daseinanalytik in Being and Time, though Heidegger’s project was motivated by the need to overcome...

Conclusion

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pp. 188-189

Notes

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pp. 191-201

Bibliography

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pp. 203-207

Index

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pp. 209-211


E-ISBN-13: 9780791483015
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791464915
Print-ISBN-10: 0791464911

Page Count: 226
Publication Year: 2005

Series Title: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: Dennis J. Schmidt