The Presocratics after Heidegger

Edited by David C. Jacobs

Subjects: Ancient Greek Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791442005, 302 pages, May 1999
Hardcover : 9780791441992, 302 pages, May 1999

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Table of contents



Introduction: Heidegger, the History of Being, the Presocratics
David C. Jacobs

The Destruction of Logic: From L óyos to Language Jean-François Courtine
Translated By Kristin Switala And Rebekah Sterling

The Place of the Presocratics in Heidegger's Beiträge zur Philosophie
Parvis Emad

Keeping Homer's Word: Heidegger And The Epic Of Truth
Michael Naas

Kalypso: Homeric Concealments After Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, And Lacan
David Farrell Krell

Anaximander: A Founding Name in History
Michel Serres
Translated By Roxanne Lapidus

Doubles of Anaximenes
John Sallis

What We Didn't See
Dennis J. Schmidt

The Last, Undelivered Lecture (XII) from Summer Semester 1952
Martin Heidegger
Translated By Will Mcneill

The Ontological Education of Parmenides
David C. Jacobs

Heraclitus Studies
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Translated By Peter Warnek

Appearing to Remember Heraclitus
Charles E. Scott

Heraclitus, Philosopher of the Sign
Walter A. Brogan

Empedocles and Tragic Thought: Heidegger, Hölderlin, Nietzsche
Véronique M. Fóti



Reads Presocratics such as Homer, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Empedocles from within the realm opened up by Heidegger's thinking.


Offering a diversity of strategies and approaches to the philosophical issues involved in reading and thinking about the Presocratics in the wake of Martin Heidegger's thought, the authors explicate the thinking of key figures such as Homer, Anaximander, Anaximenes, Parmenides, Heraclitus, and Empedocles. The philosophical problems of logos, logic, truth, history, tradition, ethics, and tragedy are presented and re-thought in relation to Heidegger's thinking. Not only is the role of the Presocratics in Heidegger's reading re-thought but also, following a trajectory opened up by Heidegger, questions and readings of the Presocratics that he himself did not broach are pursued. These include: How does logos change in Heidegger's dialogue with the Presocratics? What is the place of the Presocratics in the "other inception" of thinking? How is Heidegger's reading of tragedy also a dialogue with Nietzsche and Ho¬lderlin? How do concealment and disclosure function in Homer's corpus? Do the pronouncements of Anaximander bring us to think the beginning of history and to question the need for ethics and justice? How does Anaximenes come to think and speak all that manifests itself? What is the role of presence in Parmenides' divine pedagogy? How does Heidegger come to remember Heraclitus and what is the disruptive nature of Heraclitus' sayings?

Contributors include Walter A. Brogan, Jean-Francois Courtine (translated by Kristen Switala and Rebekah Sterling), Parvis Emad, VeŒronique M. FoŒti, Hans-Georg Gadamer (translated by Peter Warnek), Martin Heidegger (translated by Will McNeill), David C. Jacobs, David Farrell Krell, Michael Naas, John Sallis, Dennis J. Schmidt, Charles E. Scott, and Michel Serres (translated by Roxanne Lapidus).

David C. Jacobs is Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


"This is the first in-depth treatment of the pre-metaphysical dimension of Greek thought from a loosely Heideggerian perspective. The quality here is in the contributors that Jacobs has assembled—in general the best figures for such a project among American continental philosophers with additional contributions from abroad." — Tom Davis, Whitman College

"The list of contributors—from Heidegger himself, through Gadamer, Serres, and Courtine, to the very best of Heidegger's American readers—will secure a wide readership for this volume. These readers will not be disappointed." — Robert Bernasconi, The University of Memphis