Metaphysics and Oppression: Heidegger's Challenge to Western Philosophy

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - Philosophy - 338 pages
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"In this stunning philosophical accomplishment, McCumber sheds important new light on the history of substance metaphysics and Heidegger's challenge to metaphysical thinking.... Well-documented, brilliant, definitely a major contribution to philosophy!" —Choice

In this compelling work, John McCumber unfolds a history of Western metaphysics that is also a history of the legitimation of oppression. That is, until Heidegger. But Heidegger himself did not see how his conception of metaphysics opened doors to challenge the domination encoded in structures and institutions—such as slavery, colonialism, and marriage—that in the past have given order to the Western world.

 

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Contents

TWO HEIDEGGERS AND THEIR CHALLENGE i
1
ARISTOTLES CONCEPT OF OUSIA
21
OUSIA AS PARAMETER IN ARISTOTLE
46
THE DOCILITY OF MATTER IN THOMAS AQUINAS
71
TWO ANCIENT ENGINES OF OPPRESSION
86
PLATO AS PREHISTORY
97
INTRODUCTION TO PART TWO
105
OUSIA AND PROPERTY RIGHTS IN LOCKE
145
DOUGLASS AND BEAUVOIR
180
OUSIODIC STRUCTURES
194
CONCLUSION
252
NOTES
263
BIBLIOGRAPHY
317
INDEX
331
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About the author (1999)

John McCumber is Professor of German at Northwestern University. He is author of Poetic Interaction: Language, Freedom, Reason and The Company of Words: Hegel, Language, and Systematic Philosophy.

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