Free eBook Plato's Sophist (Studies in Continental Thought)Author Martin Heidegger –

This Volume Reconstructs Martin Heidegger S Lecture Course At The University Of Marburg In The Winter Semester Of , Which Was Devoted To An Interpretation Of Plato And Aristotle Published For The First Time In German In As Volume Of Heidegger S Collected Works, It Is A Major Text Not Only Because Of Its Intrinsic Importance As An Interpretation Of The Greek Thinkers, But Also Because Of Its Close, Complementary Relationship To Being And Time, Composed In The Same Period In Plato S Sophist, Heidegger Approaches Plato Through Aristotle, Devoting The First Part Of The Lectures To An Extended Commentary On Book VI Of The Nichomachean Ethics In A Line By Line Interpretation Of Plato S Later Dialogue, The Sophist, Heidegger Then Takes Up The Relation Of Being And Non Being, The Ontological Problematic That Forms The Essential Link Between Greek Philosophy And Heidegger S Thought

10 thoughts on “Plato's Sophist (Studies in Continental Thought)

  1. says:

    Heidegger says it is merely a surmise that Plato developed his approach to potential under the guidance of Aristotle s early investigations, but it seems to underpin his reading of the Sophist from beginning to end He begins with a meticulous analysis of small sections of Aristotle s Ethics and Metaphysics to lay the ground for the Sophist but in laying the ground he also indicates his destination It is extremely easy to lose the forest for the trees here, but Heidegger s primary concern is the relation between truth and language This relationship turns out to be prior to questions of ontology, but it is through an examination of how we speak and think about being and non being the subject of the Sophist that the relationship between truth and language is revealed, an examination that begins with the pre Socratics, develops through Plato, and culminates in Aristotle Heidegger s analysis reminds me of the way an archeologist uncovers an artifact in the desert, by brushing away the sand, grain by grain His language is technical and difficult, but so careful Knowledge of Attic Greek is pretty much mandatory here Heidegger usually provides a translation when he quotes the Greek text, but not always, and he translates loosely to emphasize his interpretation If you can read some Greek and have a basic familiarity with Heidegger s style, give it a shot This is close reading at its finest.

  2. says:

    Comment Excellent Commentary, but difficult than any of the others If you are going to do Heidegger have your Liddell and Scott Greek Lexicon at your elbow You have been warned I should add that there is also a bare bone Glossary of Greek Terms in this book that employs Heidegger s own terms as much as possible All Greek glossaries should contain transliterations for the Greekless reader This one doesn t.

  3. says:

    Read as a guide to the Sophist just read his personalized remark comments in the context reading of western history and raising the question that matters.

  4. says:

    Heidegger s interpretive PRINCIPLES seem very questionable to me, but that does not nullify every thing he says On the contrary it is a very insightful reading of a notoriously difficult dialogue of Plato s, even if the interpretation is occasionally forced Regardless of whether the orientation by Aristotle really helps one read the Sophist correctly, that exposition of Nicomachen Ethics VI in and of itself is very, very good.

  5. says:

    I only read through the first half which is actually not on Plato at all, but rather Aristotle Really good, thought provoking, etc even if I m not sure yet exactly what to make of his interpretive moves regarding some of the difficult passages in Aristotle Def a book in need of multiple reads That said, it is a wonderful attempt of an author who tried to show what Aristotle mean for us a question often overlooked as secondary or tertiary in other Aristotle scholarship.