Human Life in Motion presents for the first time the previously unpublished transcripts of the seminars on Aristotle Martin Heidegger gave in the 1920s. These transcripts reveal much about the evolution of his thought during that time.
Detailed student transcripts for these seminars appear among the papers of one of Heidegger's students, Helene Weiss, held today in the Special Collections Department of Stanford University. Analyzing and organizing hundreds of pages of these transcripts written by different students, Francisco Gonzalez brilliantly reconstructs the original seminars. He summarizes what Heidegger presented and claimed in each class. Gonzalez also throws into relief the overarching philosophical significance of the seminars, showing how the different interpretative moves or claims are connected and where they lead, something which in turn requires explicating them in the context of both the Aristotelian texts discussed and Heidegger's own thought during this period.
Essential reading for students and scholars of Heidegger or Aristotle, Human Life in Motion is a publishing event that forces a reconsideration of the thought and legacy of both philosophers.
Acknowledgments 1. Introducing Heidegger's Unpublished Seminars on Aristotle from the 1920s 2. Accessing the Being of Life 3. The Being of Human Life from De Anima to the Nicomachean Ethics 4. Phronêsis as Genuine Being of Human Beings in the SS1923 Seminar on Nicomachean Ethics VI 5. The Praxis of Human Life Revealed as Care 6. Aristotle's Opposition Between Natural and Accidental Being and Its Consequences for the Understanding of Time 7. The Conception of Eternal Being in Aristotle's Metaphysics IX and Its Legacy in Obstructing the Understanding of Human Life 8. Aristotle's Ontology of Motion and the Being of Human Life as Absolute Motion 9. The Principle of Non-Contradiction Grounded in Human Being in Aristotle's Metaphysics Γ [IV] 10. Critical Questions Raised by Heidegger's Unpublished Seminars on Aristotle and the Future of the Aristotle/Heidegger Auseinandersetzung Notes Bibliography Index
Francisco J. Gonzalez is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Ottawa. He is the author of Plato and Heidegger:A Question of Dialogueand Dialectic and Dialogue: Plato's Practice of Philosophical Inquiry. He is the editor (with Catherine Collobert and Pierre Destrée) of Plato and Myth: Studies on the Use and Status of Platonic Myths.