The Presocratics in the Thought of Martin Heidegger

Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang (2016)
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There are only a few publications devoted to the subject of Heidegger and the Presocratics, some of them already outdated, most of them embedded in Heidegger’s obscure philosophical jargon, and none of them treating the subject exhaustively. Therefore, there is a need for a new, critical presentation of Heidegger’s account of Presocratic thought. However, the purpose of this book is not only to provide such a critical presentation. It raises questions which help us to understand Heidegger as a thinker. The Presocratics provide access to his lifework. The book focuses on Heidegger’s thoughtful repetition of early Greek thinking, and his receptive attention to the fragments of the Presocratics from our contemporary age. Their thought has a special value for him as the heritage which must be repeated anew in order to bring us back to the question of being and to open before us new avenues for existence. The author raises questions which help us to understand Heidegger as a thinker. He presents a deep analysis of Heidegger’s interpretations of the Presocratics and contributes to a new, insightful understanding of Heideggerian philosophy.
Keywords Heidegger  Presocratics  Anaximander  Heraclitus  Parmenides  Ontology  Being  Sein  Thinking
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