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Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of PhilosophyOn Original Forgetting$
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Richard L. Velkley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226852546

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226852553.001.0001

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“The Unradicality of Modern Philosophy”

“The Unradicality of Modern Philosophy”

Thinking in Correspondence

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Chapter 2 (p.43) “The Unradicality of Modern Philosophy”
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Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy
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Richard L. Velkley

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226852553.003.0002

This chapter illustrates and discusses the significant affinities possessed by Heidegger and Strauss. For Heidegger it was the question of Being that had been overlooked by the metaphysical tradition as it concentrated on the characterization of beings rather than on Being as the ground of disclosure of beings. After the 1920s, Heidegger’s thought grew into a more Greek and less biblical effort to rethink the central question of philosophy. The problem of revelation engaged Strauss at the start as well. He was a committed Zionist in the 1920s but troubled by the attempts to fuse Jewish orthodoxy with rationalism in the Jewish Enlightenment and in its romantic-nationalist successor, Zionism. Strauss became convinced that the modern rationalist critique of biblical orthodoxy, as espoused by its greatest exponent, Spinoza, rested on a merely asserted and unproven superiority of reason to revealed truth.

Keywords:   Being, Heidegger, Strauss, metaphysical tradition, philosophy, revelation, Zionism, Jewish Enlightenment

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