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AuthorVycinas, Vincent. author
TitleEarth and Gods [electronic resource] : An Introduction to the Philosophy of Martin Heidegger / by Vincent Vycinas
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands, 1969
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Descript XII, 328 p. online resource


Earth and Gods is an attempt to introduce the reader to Heidegger's fully developed philosophy. The title Earth and Gods gives an imยญ pression of not being a general study of Heidegger's philosophy. However, this is not true - the earth and the gods are fundamental ontological symbols of his fully developed philosophy, namely, his third and final phase of thought. This phase repeats the problems of both preceding phases in a fuller and more developed manner; hence, it implies them. The two preceding phases are the phase of Dasein and the phase of Being. These two phases are a natural flow of fundamental problems which reach their final formation and development in the phase of earth and gods. Dasein (the first phase) leads to Being, and Being (the second phase) bursts into fundamental ontological powers of Being (Seinsmiichte) which are earth and sky, gods and mortals (the third phase). Since earth is unthinkable without sky and since gods are gods in the world of mortals - of men, the title Earth and Gods is an abbreviation of these four fundamental powers of Being. Hence, an investigation of earth and gods is an attempt to present Heidegger's philosophy as a whole. Such a presentation provides the reader with the background necessary for a more adequate and efficient understanding of the writings of Heidegger himself. Thus, Earth and Gods may rightly be considered an introduction to Heiยญ degger's philosophy


Introduction: The Place of Earth and Gods in Heideggerโ{128}{153}s Philosophy -- I. Character of Heideggerโ{128}{153}s Philosophy -- II. Heideggerโ{128}{153}s Problem of Being -- III. Heideggerโ{128}{153}s Stand in the History of Philosophy -- IV. Three Phases of Heideggerโ{128}{153}s Thought -- V. Detour from Gods to Earth -- I. Dasein -- I. Approach to the Problem of Dasein -- II. To-be-in-the-world -- III. To-be-in -- IV. World -- V. Space -- VI. Togetherness -- VII. Da as Openness -- VIII. Dread -- IX. Death -- X. Conscience -- XI. Temporality -- II. Being -- I. Heideggerโ{128}{153}s Post-Sein und Zeit Works -- II. Dasein -- III. Truth -- IV. Thinking -- V. Language -- VI. Befalling and History -- VII. Subjectivism and Metaphysics -- VIII. Nothingness and Nihilism -- IX. Being and Man -- III. World -- I. Problem of World in Traditional Philosophy -- II. World in the First Phase -- III. World in the Second Phase -- IV. World in the Third Phase -- IV. Earth -- I. Physis -- II. Physis and Logos -- III. Language -- IV. World and Earth -- V. Hรถlderlinโ{128}{153}s Understanding of Nature -- V. Gods -- I. Olympian Deities -- II. Chthonian Religion -- III. Dionysus -- IV. Chaos -- V. Gods and Logos -- VI. Gods as Realities -- VI. Foursome -- VII. Thing -- I. Traditional Understanding of Thing -- II. Artwork as an Assembler -- III. Thing as Assembler -- IV. Subjective and Essential Understanding of Thing -- V. Thing and Space -- VI. Philosophy of Thing -- VIII. Dwelling -- I. Building and Dwelling -- II. Dwelling and Logos -- III. Poet as Prophet -- IV. Festivity -- V. Godly and Godless Man -- Appendix: Heidegger and Christianity

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