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Introduction to Metaphysics From Parmenides to Levinas

ISBN-10: 0231148445
ISBN-13: 9780231148443
Edition: 2012
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Book details

Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 1/31/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 4.75" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Most texts claiming to trace the evolution of metaphysics do so according to the analytical tradition, which understands metaphysics as a reflection of different categories of reality. Incorporating the perspectives of Continental theory does little to expand this history, as the Continental tradition remains largely hostile to such metaphysical claims. The first history of metaphysics to respect both the analytical and Continental schools while also transcending the theoretical limitations of each, this compelling overview restores the value of metaphysics to contemporary audiences.Beginning with the Greeks and concluding with present day philosophers, Jean Grondin reviews seminal texts by the Presocratic Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine. He follows the theological turn in metaphysical thought during the middle ages and reads Avicenna, Anselm, Aquinas, and Duns Scot. Grondin revisits Descartes and the cogito; Spinoza and Leibniz's rationalist approaches; Kant's reclaiming of the metaphysical tradition; and postkantian practice up to Hegel. He engages with the twentieth-century innovations that shook the discipline, particularly Heidegger's notion of Being and the rediscovery of the metaphysics of existence (Sartre and the Existentialists), language (Gadamer and Derrida), and transcendence (Levinas). Metaphysics is often dismissed as a form or epoch of philosophy that must be overcome, yet a full understanding of its platform and processes reveal a cogent approach to reality, and its reasoning has been foundational to modern philosophy and science. Grondin reacquaints readers with the rich currents and countercurrents of metaphysical thinking and muses on where it may be headed in the twenty-first century.

Preface
Introduction
Toward a Concept of Metaphysics
Its Origins
Parmenides: The Evidence of Being
The Fragmentary and Almost Incomprehensible Character of Pre-Platonic Thought
The Context of Presocratic Thinking on Nature
An Oral, Therefore Poetic, Culture
A Goddess's Revelation
The Enigma of Being
The Legacy of Parmenides' Onto-Theology
The Sophistic Crisis: Human Discourse Left to Its Own Devices
Plato: The Hypothesis of the Idea
The Indirect Character of Plato's Writings
Parmenides' Legacy
Being Attentive to the Eidos
The Separation of the Ideas
An Effort at Reminiscence
Dialectics, or Minding Being Itself
The Exemplary Ideality of Mathematics
The "Metaphysical" Separation of the Line: Republic VI
The Idea of the Good's Supereminence
The Demiurge's Cosmos: The Same and the Different
The Principle of the One in Plato's Academy
Aristotle: The Horizons of First Philosophy
The Text and Object of Metaphysics
A Science of First Principles
The Theory of Causes
It Is a Science of Being as Being
The Onto-Theological Perspective of Metaphysics E, 1
The Many Meanings of Being
First Philosophy as Ousiology: Metaphysics Z
The Theology of Metaphysics �
The Last Summit of Classical Metaphysics: The Neoplatonic Eruption
Plotinus's Metaphysics of the One
Augustine's Christianization of Metaphysics
Metaphysics and Theology in the Middle Ages
A "Metaphysical" Era?
The Importance of Pistis
Anselm and the Ontological Argument
Avicenna: The Metaphysics of the Shifa
Averroes's Critique of Avicenna
The Object of Metaphysics According to Thomas Aquinas
Whether God Exists? The Five Ways
The Idea of a Scienria Transcendens in Scholastic Thought from Duns Scotus to Suarez: The Origin of Ontology
Descartes: First Philosophy According to the Cogito
Is There a Cartesian Metaphysics?
First Meditation: What Can Be Called Into Doubt, or Classical Metaphysics Brought Into Question
Second Meditation: I Think, I Am-the Metaphysics of the Cogito
Third Meditation: Concerning God, That He Exists-the Return to the Metaphysics of Divinity
The Legacy of Descartes's Double Metaphysics
Spinoza and Leibniz: The Metaphysics of Simplicity and Integral Rationality
Ethical Metaphysics: Spinoza
Leibniz and the Search for the Metaphysics of Substantial Forms
Kant: Metaphysics Turned Critical
Natural Metaphysics
Is Metaphysics Possible as Science?
Kant and the Ancients' Transcendental Philosophy: Phenomena and the Things in Themselves
Critique and Metaphysics
The Metaphysics of Freedom
The "Metaphysics" of the Highest Good
Can the Existence of God Be Demonstrated?
The Future of Metaphysics After Kant
Metaphysics After Kant?
Was There Any Metaphysics After Kant?
Science and System in Kant
The Idealist Dismissal of the Metaphysics of the Thing-in-Itself
Reinhold's First Philosophy
Fichte and the Metaphysics of the I
Schelling's Metaphysics of Identity
The Later Schelling's Metaphysics
Hegel's Philosophy of Spirit
Post-Hegelian Metaphysics: A Primitive State or an Artistic Affair
Heidegger: The Resurrection of the Question of Being in the Name of Overcoming Metaphysics
The Project of a Destruction of the History of Ontology
The Twofold Priority of the Question of Being
Metaphysics: The Experience of Our Being Par Excellence (1929)
The Onto-Theo-Logical Constitution of Metaphysics
The Technological and Nihilist Completion of Metaphysics
The Unsettling of the Principle of Reason
The Theological Scope of Heidegger's Overcoming of Metaphysics
A Secretly Metaphysical Philosophy?
On Metaphysics Since Heidegger
The Rediscovery of the History of Metaphysics
The Rediscovery of the Metaphysics of Existence: From Gilson to Sartre
The Rediscovery of the Metaphysics of Language: From Gadamer to Derrick
The Rediscovery of the Metaphysics of Transcendence: Levinas
Conclusion
Abbreviations
Notes
Further Reading

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