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Heidegger And Aristotle: The Twofoldness of Being (Suny Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy) Paperback – June 1, 2006

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The substantive and rigorous readings offered by Brogan conveyed in exemplary philosophical prose, lucid and precise clarify many murky aspects and unveil some unexpected and truly radical positions in the thinking of the early Heidegger s Aristotle. Indeed, Brogan s interpretation is careful, rich, and provocative. Continental Philosophy Review
This study provides a masterful exegesis of central texts in which Heidegger presents his reading of Aristotle s thought Anyone seeking a thoughtful elaboration of Heidegger s positive reading of Aristotle s philosophy need look no further. Ancient Philosophy
Brogan provides an especially clear exposition to parts of Heidegger s Aristotle interpretation. Any serious student of Heidegger should give this book careful scrutiny for the way in which it gives fresh meaning to core issues in Heidegger s understanding of phusis and techne, the ontological difference, Heidegger s understanding of the Greeks generally, and especially how Aristotle s ontology wrestles with the problems inherited from his predecessors. Review of Metaphysics
This is, by far, the most extensive study of the dialogue between Heidegger and Aristotle, and one that will be consulted as the authoritative study on the topic. It takes giant steps to challenge the usual reading of Aristotle, and does so in a persuasive way, which partisans of the more traditional view will ignore only at their peril. Drew A. Hyland, author of Questioning Platonism: Continental Interpretations of Plato"

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Walter A. Brogan’s long-awaited book exploring Heidegger’s phenomenological reading of Aristotle’s philosophy places particular emphasis on the Physics, Metaphysics, Ethics, and Rhetoric. Controversial and challenging, Heidegger and Aristotle claims that it is Heidegger’s sustained thematic focus and insight that governs his overall reading of Aristotle, namely, that Aristotle, while attempting to remain faithful to the Parmenidean dictum regarding the oneness and unity of being, nevertheless thinks of being as twofold. Brogan offers a careful and detailed analysis of several of the most important of Heidegger’s treatises on Aristotle, including his assertion that Aristotle’s twofoldness of being has been ignored or misread in the traditional substance-oriented readings of Aristotle. This groundbreaking study contributes immensely to the scholarship of a growing community of ancient Greek scholars engaged in phenomenological approaches to the reading and understanding of Aristotle. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Series: SUNY Series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079146492X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791464922
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Walter Brogan's Heidegger and Aristotle is a serious and sober explication of Heidegger's readings of Aristotle on Being. It's Aristotle who is at the center here but through the lens of Heidegger. The Twofoldness of Being is really a multitude of twofoldnessess. Being - non-Being, Being - beings, physis - techne, hyle - morphe, kinesis - steresis, dynamis - energeia, the truth of Being - the truth of assertion, beings that have their own being - beings that depend on another being for their being, ontological kinesis - ontic kinesis; these are just some of the concepts that Brogan covers in detail. He also does a good job of rescueing of Plato in the face of Heidegger's attacks in Being and Time, even though I'm not sure I agree with the argument that Plato came to see sophists in a better light in his later works.

Like all other works on Heidegger and ... (Plato, the Pre-Socratics) this work is not meant to constitute a Heideggerian confrontation between these two giants of philosophy, rather it's meant to set the ground work for one such future study. It's not the result of a hyperactive researcher, as most published philosophy books are these days with hundreds of endnotes, footnotes, and parenthetical remarks; Brogan discusses few thinkers other than Heidegger and Aristotle. It doesn't provide an analysis or evaluation either, nor does the author introduce himself into the arguments like unfortunately most authors do. He says as much in the conclusion- this work is strictly an explication. The book is one place to find what interested Heidegger in Aristotle and how it influenced his thoughts. It's straightforward good traditional scholarship.
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I started reading this to help understand the newly published BASIC CONCEPTS OF ARISTOTELIAN PHILOSOPHY that I have already reviewed. It is relevant, but in the first half is heavily involved with the essay from WEGMARKEN/PATHMARKS "von Wesen und Begriff der PHUSIS: Aristotles' PHYSIC BI. This is printed in a revised translation in the Cambridge paperback by the eminent Thomas Sheehan. Brogan uses his own translations as this is a key text in understanding the real Heidegger. The `many meanings of being' is very evident but with the explicit emphasis on the subtitle THE TWOFOLDNESS OF BEING. If there are many meanings to being, at least the ten categories, then the complexity is doubled if `being' is described as two fold. There is synthesis and diairesis to begin with that causes all sorts of theological difficulties because lack is not `deficiency' but the reverse side of adding-together of synthesis. Putting-together and taking- apart are both LOGICALLY necessary in defining any object. If a jug is broken, it is `deficient' only to my particular purpose of holding beer. In the object itself, the `brokenness' is just what the object is as it is.It certainly does not `communicate' to you its lack of purpose which in fact it does not `have' but just is what it is.*** That is the aspect Brogan emphasizes, but he does so far too abstractly, in language that has the tone of what is expected of `Heideggerian' mysticism, but is in fact not rationally there in Heidegger's or Brogan's text AFTER you figure out the abstracting methodology. They both actually and specifically state in their own ways the unique object must be physically `seen', that is, "presencing itself",[why not 'presents itself'?]*** that is, its existence as an object has an independence from our experiencing it.Read more ›
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