61 Reading Plato before Platonism (after Heidegger) PETER WARNEK Vanderbilt University "Platonism" is not only an example of this movement, the first "in" the whole history of philosophy. It commands it, it commands this whole history. [But the "whole" of this history is conflictual, heterogenous; it gives place to only relatively stabilizable hegemonies. Thus, it is never totalized, never totalizes itself.] A philosophy as such (an effect of hegemony) would henceforth always be "Platonic." Hence the necessity to continue to try to think what takes place in Plato, with Plato, what is shown there, what is hidden, so as to win there or lose there.1 How does one begin to try to think what takes place in Plato, with Plato? How does one begin, that is, to read, when that reading is ne- cessitated by the commanding position Platonism holds with regard to the whole history of philosophy? How does one begin to interrogate a text that has already necessitated its own interrogation, that has al- ready determined the possible manner of its interrogation, by virtue of its historical hegemony, by virtue of the fact that a philosophy as such after Plato will "henceforth" (des lors) have to
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
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