Plato's Sophist
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Plato’s Sophist

Martin Heidegger
Translated by Richard Rojcewicz and André Schuwer
Distribution: World
Publication date: 6/18/2003
Format: paper 512 pages
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21629-8
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This volume reconstructs Martin Heidegger's lecture course at the University of Marburg in the winter semester of 1924-25, which was devoted to an interpretation of Plato and Aristotle. Published for the first time in German in 1992 as volume 19 of Heidegger's Collected Works, it is a major text not only because of its intrinsic importance as an interpretation of the Greek thinkers, but also because of its close, complementary relationship to Being and Time, composed in the same period. In Plato's Sophist, Heidegger approaches Plato through Aristotle, devoting the first part of the lectures to an extended commentary on Book VI of the Nichomachean Ethics. In a line-by-line interpretation of Plato's later dialogue, the Sophist, Heidegger then takes up the relation of Being and non-being, the ontological problematic that forms the essential link between Greek philosophy and Heidegger's thought.

Author Bio

Richard Rojcewicz teaches philosophy at Point Park College in Pittsburgh.

André Schuwer (1916–1995) was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Duquesne University.


"Students and scholars alike can now see for themselves why Heidegger’s lectures on the Greeks in the 1920s caused such a stir, and they can judge just what it means to read a Greek text with Heidegger." —John Ellis, University of Memphis

"Thematic and methodological parallels render this volume a fine source for those interested in the archaeology of Being and Time. . . . The text shows us a young Martin Heidegger at ease and passionate about his subject." —
International Philosophical Quarterly

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