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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This chapter reviews the de-volution of Western thought from Plato to Nietzsche from the view of the science of logic. According to Heidegger, the domination of man's reason over Being reaches its culmination in the science of logic. The thought with which logic deals is a thought that is articulated and interpreted in terms of expression. With time, it becomes clear that this simple pattern does not satisfy all situations, since simple expressions often have more than one meaning. Thus the conception of λόγος has to be broadened. Once λόγος loses the sense of “gathering together” and comes to mean the expression that embodies thought, then the laws of expression become the laws of thought and the science of logic is born.

Keywords: Being; logic; reason; dialectic; polemic; expression; law of thought

Chapter.  1570 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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