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:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy


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For Heidegger, the de-volution of Western thought began with Plato, for it was with him that νοε̃ιν ceased to have the sense of containing the advance of the overpowering φύσις and began to assume the special relation to ίλέα, which evolved into what is called “reason”. It was Plato's conception of Being rather than of thought which was decisive in the birth of metaphysics. The transformation of φύσις into ίλέα may be discerned by examining what Plato understood by the truth. This chapter also provides an essay on the famous metaphor of the cave.

Keywords: Plato; truth; Being; cave; metaphor

Chapter.  2940 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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