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Plato and Heidegger


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ContentsAcknowledgmentsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: What Is to Be Gained from a Confrontation Between Plato and Heidegger?Part 1: Heidegger's Critical Reading of Plato in the 1920s1. Dialectic, Ethics, and DialogueA. Heidegger's Critique of Dialectic in the 1920sB. Ethics and OntologyC. Ethics in Plato's SophistD. Heidegger and DialogueE. Conclusion2. Logos and BeingA. The Tensions in Heidegger's CritiqueB. The Guiding Perspective of o as Undermining the Ontic/Ontological DistinctionC. Heidegger on Plato's FormsD. Being as v E. Conclusion: The Relation Between Being and o Part 2: Heidegger on Plato's Truth and Untruth in the 1930s and 1940s3. From the 1931-32 and 1933-34 Courses on the Essence of Truth to "Plato's Doctrine of Truth": Heidegger's Transformation of Plato into Platonism Through the Interpretation of the Sun and Cave Analogies of the RepublicA. The Courses on the Essence of Truth from WS 1931/32 and WS 1933/34B. Plato's Truth in the Beitrage of 1936-38C. Plato's Doctrine of Truth in 1940D. The End of Truth: The 1964 RetractionE. Conclusion: The End of Truth?4. The Dialogue That Could Have Been: Heidegger on the TheaetetusA. The Theaetetus Interpretation in Die Grundbegriffe der antiken Philosophie (SS 1926)B. The Interpretation of the Theaetetus in the Vom Wesen der Wahrheit Course of 1931-32 and 1933-34C. Conclusion: Heidegger's Orthodoxy5. The 1942 Interpretation of in the Myth of Er (Republic Book 10)A. The Roman Versus the Greek Conception of TruthB. Saying in the Myth of ErC. Purging the Myth of Er: The Ontologizing of Ethics and PoliticsD. The Greek Experience of the Open: A Saying That Points and Hints Versus the "Leap"E. Conclusion: Leaping Beyond PlatoPart 3: Opportunities for a Dialogue with Plato in the Late Heidegger6. Calculative Thinking, Meditative Thinking, and the Practice of DialogueA. Heidegger's Critique of Logos in the 1930sB. Dialogue as Bringing to Speech the UnsaidC. Plato's Dialectic or Hegel's?D. A Saying Beyond AssertionE. Plato's Dialogues and Heidegger's LeapF. Heidegger and the Dialogue FormG. Redefining HermeneuticsH. Back to the Beginning with Dialectic and DialogueI. Conclusion: Dialectic Versus Sophia Again7. Dialectic and Phenomenology in "Zeit und Sein": A Pivotal Chapter in Heidegger's Confrontation with PlatoA. From Dialectic and Hermeneutics to PhenomenologyB. The Auseinandersetzung with PlatoC. ConclusionWorks CitedIndex

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Francisco J. Gonzalez is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa.


"Francisco Gonzalez's book is the most thorough study yet of Heidegger's encounter with the work of Plato throughout his career. Gonzalez traces the development of Heidegger's attitude toward Plato from his early lecture courses to the very end of his career in exhaustive detail. Despite the relentless critique of Heidegger's Plato interpretations within its pages, the book presses for a positive conclusion, that it is up to us to engage the genuine dialogue between these two thinkers that Heidegger himself could never adequately accomplish."

-Drew A. Hyland, Trinity College

"Gonzalez presents a critical study of Heidegger's reading of Plato and argues that Heidegger-although he closely analyzed Plato's philosophy-did not enter a real dialogue with Plato. Gonzalez's aim is to imagine the dialogue that Heidegger failed to have with Plato and show us the way Heidegger's own thought was influenced by the refusal of this dialogue. This is a very original work that will be of interest to many philosophers."

-Catalin Partenie, University of Quebec at Montreal

"Gonzalez offers an insightful, impressively detailed, critical study of Heidegger's work on Plato-from his earliest lecture courses to his later essays."

-R. M. Stewart, Choice

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