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Thinking in the Between with Heidegger and Plato

Thinking in the Between with Heidegger and Plato © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156916407X169834 Research in Phenomenolog y 37 (2007) 95–111 Thinking in the Between with Heidegger and Plato 1 Sean D. Kirkland DePaul University Abstract In this essay, I attempt first to clarify what non-metaphysical thinking as a thinking “in the Between” might mean for Heidegger, as presented in his Beiträge zur Philosophie . Aft er deter- mining this as the proper response to the self-concealment Heidegger sees as grounding the appearing of beings, I then attempt to show that the elenctic method of Socrates in Plato’s early dialogues exhibits something like the same dynamic. That is, Socrates attempts to situate himself and his interlocutors in a space defined both by the always prior appearance of ‘what virtue is’ to human beings and by the inevitable obscurity or withdrawal in that very appear- ing. In so doing , I hope to indicate that something as simple and familiar as Socratic elenctic conversation, although a relic of our tradition, might if properly understood provide us today with one model for how thinking could proceed aft er Heidegger’s critique of metaphysics. Keywords Heidegger, Plato, Socrates, phenomenolog y, aporia You’ve got to accentuate the positive, Eliminate http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Thinking in the Between with Heidegger and Plato

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 37 (1): 95 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2006 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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10.1163/156916407X169834
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163/156916407X169834 Research in Phenomenolog y 37 (2007) 95–111 Thinking in the Between with Heidegger and Plato 1 Sean D. Kirkland DePaul University Abstract In this essay, I attempt first to clarify what non-metaphysical thinking as a thinking “in the Between” might mean for Heidegger, as presented in his Beiträge zur Philosophie . Aft er deter- mining this as the proper response to the self-concealment Heidegger sees as grounding the appearing of beings, I then attempt to show that the elenctic method of Socrates in Plato’s early dialogues exhibits something like the same dynamic. That is, Socrates attempts to situate himself and his interlocutors in a space defined both by the always prior appearance of ‘what virtue is’ to human beings and by the inevitable obscurity or withdrawal in that very appear- ing. In so doing , I hope to indicate that something as simple and familiar as Socratic elenctic conversation, although a relic of our tradition, might if properly understood provide us today with one model for how thinking could proceed aft er Heidegger’s critique of metaphysics. Keywords Heidegger, Plato, Socrates, phenomenolog y, aporia You’ve got to accentuate the positive, Eliminate

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Heidegger; Socrates; aporia; phenomenology; Plato

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