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The Beginning of Western Philosophy


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Translator's Introduction The beginning of Western philosophy
Interpretation of Anaximander and Parmenides
Part One
The dictum of Anaximander of Miletus, 6th-5th Century
1. The mission and the dictum
Chapter I
The first phase of the interpretation
A. The first section of the statement
2. The theme of the dictum: beings as a whole

B. The second section of the statement
3. Beings in the relation of compliance and noncompliance

C. The third section of the statement
4. Being and time Chapter II
The second phase of the interpretation
5. The unitary content of the pronouncement on the basis of its central core Chapter III
The other dictum
6. The sovereign source of beings as the empowering power of appearance

Part Two
Interposed considerations
7. Four objections to the interpretation
8. The negative relation to the beginning
9. Meditation on the "current situation"
10. The grounding utterance of Being
11. The actual asking of the question of Being
12. Review of the linguistic usage
13. The basic question of existence
14. Commentary on our concept of existence
15. The full rendering of the understanding of Being
16. The liberation toward freedom
17. Transition to Parmenides: the first explicit and coherent unfolding of the question of Being Part Three
The "didactic poem" of Parmenides of Elea
6th-5th Century
18. Introduction
19. Interpretation of fragment 1. Preparation for the question of Being
20. Interpretation of fragments 4 and 5
21. Interpretation of fragments 6 and 7
22. Interpretation of fragment 8
23. The fragments 9, 12, 13, 10, 11, 14, 16, 19 (in the order of their interpretation)

24. The inceptual question of Being; the law of philosophy AppendixDrafts and plans for the lecture course
Editor's afterwordGerman-English Glossary
English-German Glossary

About the Author

Richard Rojcewicz is Scholar-in-Residence in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University. He has translated (with Daniela Vallega-Neu) Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy: Of the Event (IUP, 2012) and The Event (IUP, 2012).


"A review cannot do justice to the entire richness of this lecture course . . . . The present course is thus in every sense a transition: harking back to the temporal analyses of Being from the period of 'Being and Time' and anticipating the increasing preoccupation with the Presocratics and with Greek tragedy that would mark Heidegger's work from the mid-1930s onward.10/4/16"

* Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews *

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