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Parmenides, a lecture course delivered by Martin Heidegger at the University of Freiburg in 1942-1943, presents a highly original interpretation of ancient Greek philosophy. A major contribution to Heidegger's provocative dialogue with the pre-Socratics, the book attacks some of the most firmly established conceptions of Greek thinking and of the Greek world. The central theme is the question of truth and the primordial understanding of truth to be found in Parmenides' "didactic poem." Heidegger highlights the contrast between Greek and Roman thought and the reflection of that contrast in language. He analyzes the decline in the primordial understanding of truth-and, just as importantly, of untruth-that began in later Greek philosophy and that continues, by virtue of the Latinization of the West, down to the present day. Beyond an interpretation of Greek philosophy, Parmenides (volume 54 of Heidegger's Collected Works) offers a strident critique of the contemporary world, delivered during a time that Heidegger described as "out of joint."
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Translators' Foreword Introduction: Preparatory mediation on the name and the work and its counter-essence. Two directives from the translating word 1. The goddess "truth." Parmenides, I, 22-32. Part One: The third directive form the translating word: the realm of the opposition between and in the history of Being 2. First meditation on the transformation of the essence of truth and of its counter-essence. 3. Clarification of the transformation of and of the transformation of its counter-essence (veritas, certitudo, rectitudo, iustita, truth, justice- 4. The multiplicity of the oppositions to unconcealedness in its essential character. 5. The opposite to The event of the transformation of the withdrawing concealment and the human behavior of forgetting. 6. The Greeks' final word concerning the hidden counter-essence of (I): The concluding myth of Plato's Politeia. The myth of the essence of the polis. Elucidation of the essence of the demonic. The essence of the Greek gods in the light of The "view" of the uncanny. 7. The Greeks final word concerning the hidden counter-essence of (II). The concluding myth of Plato's Politeia. The field of Part Two: The Fourth directive from the translating word . The open and free space of the clearing of Being. The goddess "truth." 8. The fuller significance of dis-closure. The transition to subjectivity. The fourth directive: the open, the free. The event of in the West. The groundlessness of the open. The alienation of man. 9. The looking of Being in the open lighted by it. The directive within the reference to the word of Parmenides: the thinker's journey to the home of and his thinking out toward the beginning. The saying of the beginning in the language of the Occident. Addendum Editor's Afterword

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Heidegger's provocative interpretation of ancient Greek philosophy.

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Andre Schuwer (1916-1995) was Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Duquesne University and co-translator (with Richard Rojcewicz) of Plato's Sophist and Basic Questions of Philosophy by Martin Heidegger and Ideas II by Edmund Husserl. Richard Rojcewicz teaches philosophy at Point Park College, Pittsburgh.

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