Introduction to Metaphysics: From Parmenides to Levinas

Paperback | January 31, 2012

byJean GrondinTranslated byLukas Soderstrom

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Jean Grondin completes the first history of metaphysics and respects both the analytical and the Continental schools while transcending the theoretical limitations of each. He reviews seminal texts by Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine. He follows the theological turn in the metaphysical thought of Avicenna, Anselm, Aquinas, and Duns Scotus, and he revisits Descartes and the cogito; Spinoza and Leibniz's rationalist approaches; Kant's reclaiming of the metaphysical tradition; and post-Kantian practice up to Hegel. He engages with twentieth century innovations that upended the discipline, particularly Heidegger's revival of the question of Being and the rediscovery of the metaphysics of existence by Sartre and the Existentialists, language by Gadamer and Derrida, and transcendence by Levinas. Metaphysics is often dismissed as a form or epoch of philosophy that must be overcome, yet by promoting a full understanding of its platform and processes, Grondin reveals its cogent approach to reality and foundational influence on modern philosophy and science. By restoring the value of metaphysics for contemporary audiences, Grondin showcases the rich currents and countercurrents of metaphysical thought and its future possibilities.

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Jean Grondin completes the first history of metaphysics and respects both the analytical and the Continental schools while transcending the theoretical limitations of each. He reviews seminal texts by Parmenides, Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine. He follows the theological turn in the metaphysical thought of Avicenna, Anselm,...

Jean Grondin is professor of philosophy at the University of Montreal. He is a world-renowned philosopher whose books in the fields of metaphysics, German philosophy, and hermeneutics have been translated into fourteen languages. He was a pupil, friend, and close collaborator of Hans-Georg Gadamer on whom he wrote a landmark biography...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Parmenides: The Evidence of Being2. Plato: The Hypothesis of the Idea3. Aristotle: The Horizons of First Philosophy4. The Last Summit of Classical Metaphysics: The Neoplatonic Eruption5. Metaphysics and Theology in the Middle Ages6. Descartes: First Philosophy According to the Cogito7. Spinoza and Leibniz: The Metaphysics of Simplicity and Integral Rationality8. Kant: Metaphysics Turned Critical9. Metaphysics After Kant?10. Heidegger: The Resurrection of the Question of Being in the Name of Overcoming Metaphysics11. On Metaphysics Since HeideggerConclusionAbbreviationsNotesFurther Reading

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The very first thoroughgoing historical introduction to metaphysics in all of its major permutations over the centuries from the eminent scholar Jean Grondin.