229 A Way Out of Metaphysics? JOHN D. CAPUTO Heidegger and Aquinas: An Essay in Overcoming Metaphysics. New York: Fordham University Press, 1982, x + 308 pages. The following diagram, for all its shortcomings, is an attempt to sketch out the most formal and general lines of Heidegger's project of sup- posedly "overcoming" metaphysics. ' That is: Human beings are condemned to having and knowing any given entity not as God does-directly and simply-but only in and through the entity's modes of being, that is, only as being this way or that. Far from making us like unto gods, our Seinsverständnis, that is, our inability to understand any entity except through an as-factor whereby we distinguish and unite the entity and its modes of being, is an index of the weakness and deficiency of our nature. The understanding-of-being is the mark of Cain with which our nature is sealed. It is our condemnation to language. 230 Metaphysics takes that condemnation for granted and then leads us on a tour of our prison. In its traditional form the prison-tour is called -. onto-theology. First of all, by means of some kind of eidetic or ousiologi- cal reduction, metaphysics reveals
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