Wednesday, December 02, 2015
In NDPR, John McCumber reviews Stefano Marino's Aesthetics, Metaphysics, Language: Essays on Heidegger and Gadamer.
According to Marino, Gadamer's critique of the "violence" of Heidegger's interpretations of previous philosophers focuses on three points. First, Heidegger did not have enough knowledge of Greek to sustain his interpretations of Plato, Aristotle, and the Presocratics. Read correctly, for example, Plato is not the dogmatic idealist Heidegger took him to be; his Greek is a language of concrete questions and answers, not the kind of abstractly ontological enterprise Heidegger pursues. This leads to Gadamer's second criticism: Heidegger to the contrary, there is no single "language of metaphysics;" all philosophers take their terms, ultimately, from living speech. And third, Heidegger's Seinsgeschichte has eschatological and absolutist aspects that point, not to truth, but to undigested Hegelianism.
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