The Glance of the Eye: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Ends of Theory

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SUNY Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 374 pages
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William McNeill explores the phenomenon of the Augenblick, or "glance of the eye," in Heidegger's thought, and in particular its relation to the primacy of seeing and of theoretical apprehending (theoria) both in Aristotle and in the philosophical and scientific tradition of Western thought. McNeill argues that Heidegger's early reading of Aristotle, which identifies the experience of the Augenblick at the heart of ethical and practical knowledge (phronesis), proves to be a decisive encounter for Heidegger's subsequent understanding and critique of the history of philosophy, science, and technology. It provides him with a critical resource for addressing the problematic domination of theoretical knowledge in Western civilization. Such knowledge, the author shows, always remains in a peculiar tension (itself historically determined and changing) with ethical or "protoethical" knowledge, which is bound to the finite, "ecstatic" temporality of the lived and living moment, and inevitably exposed to the presence of the sensuous.
 

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Contents

Introduction Of an Ancient Desire
1
Vision in Theory and Praxis Heideggers Reading of Aristotle 1924
17
The End of Desire
24
The Complication of Praxis
29
The Glance of the Eye
39
Athanatizein
47
The Genesis of Theory Being and Time 1927
55
The Natural Genesis of Theory
57
The Contemplation of the Real
173
Grasping Things
178
The Future of Science
181
From Science to Technology
187
The Collapse of Causality
192
The End of Technology
202
The Turning of Presence at the End of Technology
210
Vision and the Enigma
221

Theory Praxis Techne
63
The Existential Genesis of Theory
72
The Thematizing Projection of Things
81
Modification
85
Originary Praxis The Trace of Phronesis in Being and Time
93
Originary Praxis and Authenticity
99
Seeing Oneself
107
The Time of the Augenblick
114
Retrospect on the 1922 Treatise on Aristotle
123
Augenblick and World
131
Theory and Praxis at the University The Rectoral Address 1933
137
Technovision Modern Science and Technology
161
The Age of the World Picture
166
In the Presence of the Sensible Vision and Ecstasis
241
Philosophy Science and Curiosity
242
The Philosophical Turn
252
The Theoria of the Ancients
263
The Origin of the Work of Art
279
The Look of the Other
303
Absence of the Body
320
Visions of Stillness
331
Selected Bibliography
341
Index of Names
349
Index of Subjects
353
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William McNeill is Associate Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University.

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