The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics: World, Finitude, Solitude

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Indiana University Press, 1995 - Philosophy - 376 pages

This book, the text of Martin Heidegger's lecture course of 1929/30, is crucial for an understanding of Heidegger's transition from the major work of his early years, Being and Time, to his later preoccupations with language, truth, and history. First published in German in 1983 as volume 29/30 of Heidegger's collected works, The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics presents an extended treatment of the history of metaphysics and an elaboration of a philosophy of life and nature. Heidegger's concepts of organism, animal behavior, and environment are uniquely developed and defined with intensity. Of major interest is Heidegger's brilliant phenomenological description of the mood of boredome, which he describes as a fundamental attunement of modern times.

 

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Contents

The Task of the Course and Its Fundamental Orientation Starting
1
dealing with
8
The truth of philosophy and its ambiguity
14
The struggle of philosophizing against the insurmountable ambiguity
21
c λόγος as the saying of what is unconcealed αληθέα αλήθεια truth
30
The changeover from the technical meaning of uetß in the word
37
The concept of metaphysics in Thomas Aquinas as historical evi
46
16
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Chapter
176
Taking the Intermediate Thesis That the Animal
185
The thesis that the animal is poor in world in relation to the thesis
192
attaining
199
Having and not having world as the potentiality for granting trans
209
The question concerning the essence of the organ as a question
218
The intrinsically regulative character of that which is capable
228
The organism as endowed with capability articulating itself into
234

Metaphysics as a title for the fundamental problem of metaphysics
56
mans being as beingthere and beingaway being absent
63
Making sure of our contemporary situation and of the fundamental
69
Chapter
78
The fundamental attunement of boredom its relation to time
80
affected in a paralysing way by time as it drags
96
Chapter Three
106
Contrasting the second form of boredom with the first with respect
113
The structural unity of the two structural moments of being bored
126
the
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No longer permitting any passing the time as understanding
134
The temporal character of profound boredom
144
The ordinary assessment of boredom and its suppression of profound
158
The Question Concerning a Particular Profound Boredom as
160
PART
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The openness of behaviour and captivation and what it is that
249
Concluding delimitation of the essential concept of the organism
257
Unfolding the Guiding Thesis That the Animal Is Poor in World
268
Chapter
274
world as
282
A fundamental methodological consideration concerning the under
291
The task of returning to the originary dimension of the as taking
301
ingconcealing ńhndeveivye˙deodai
309
d The apprehension of something as something in forming a unity in
315
g Connectedness o˙vdeois as the meaning of the is in the assertion
322
Return to the ground of the possibility of the structure of assertion
333
Worldformation as the fundamental occurrence in Dasein The
349
Projection as the primordial structure of the tripartite fundamental
360
Postscript to the Second Edition
374
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William McNeill is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University. He is co-translator (with Julia Davis) of H÷lderlin's Hymn "The Ister" by Martin Heidegger.



Nicholas Walker is Research Fellow in philosophy and literature at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

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