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Is the Present Ever Present? Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Presence

Is the Present Ever Present? Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Presence 85 Is the Present Ever Present? Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Presence RUDOLF BERNET University of Leuven In Heidegger's appropriation, by way of a retrieval [Wiederholung], of the tradition of philosophical thought, the question as to what time is and how it is given occupies a key position. The question regarding the relationship between Being and time shows itself to be the concealed vanishing point of the works of Aristotle, Augustine, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Bergson and so forth. The traditional treatment of logical problems (e.g., the principle of contradiction, the copula in a predicative sentence), psychological problems (the relationship between the res cogitans and the res extensa), metaphysical problems (the distinction between essentia and existentia) and theological problems (the concept of creation), presupposes a particular conception of time. Heidegger's endeavor to come to terms with the tradition thus implies, on the one hand, a particular way of reading the texts of the philosophical tradition with respect to their (concealed, unthought) presuppositions and, on the other hand, an attempt to explore the encompassing ground of all these texts with reference to a determinate (restricted) understanding of time. Heidegger calls the method of this procedure a destruction of the philosophical http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Is the Present Ever Present? Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Presence

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 12 (1): 85 – Jan 1, 1982

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© 1982 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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85 Is the Present Ever Present? Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Presence RUDOLF BERNET University of Leuven In Heidegger's appropriation, by way of a retrieval [Wiederholung], of the tradition of philosophical thought, the question as to what time is and how it is given occupies a key position. The question regarding the relationship between Being and time shows itself to be the concealed vanishing point of the works of Aristotle, Augustine, Leibniz, Kant, Hegel, Bergson and so forth. The traditional treatment of logical problems (e.g., the principle of contradiction, the copula in a predicative sentence), psychological problems (the relationship between the res cogitans and the res extensa), metaphysical problems (the distinction between essentia and existentia) and theological problems (the concept of creation), presupposes a particular conception of time. Heidegger's endeavor to come to terms with the tradition thus implies, on the one hand, a particular way of reading the texts of the philosophical tradition with respect to their (concealed, unthought) presuppositions and, on the other hand, an attempt to explore the encompassing ground of all these texts with reference to a determinate (restricted) understanding of time. Heidegger calls the method of this procedure a destruction of the philosophical

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Published: Jan 1, 1982

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