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What is Metaphysics?

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222551.003.0005

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

What is Metaphysics?

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This chapter examines the inaugural lecture, “What is Metaphysics?”, in Heidegger's ascension to the chair of philosophy at the University of Freiburg. His argument proceeds in three separate steps: the posing of a metaphysical question, the elaboration of the question, and the answer to the question. His answer offers some positive comments on the nature of Non-being. The second section of this chapter presents general remarks on Non-being, the founding of metaphysics, and foundational thought.

Keywords: University of Freiberg; metaphysical question; metaphysics; Non-being; foundational thought

Chapter.  5050 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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