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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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Epilogue: Dwelling and Exile

Epilogue: Dwelling and Exile

(p.156) Epilogue: Dwelling and Exile
Heidegger, Strauss, and the Premises of Philosophy

Richard L. Velkley

University of Chicago Press

This chapter discusses how history is a central theme to the thought of Strauss and Heidegger. Both believed that the era in which they lived brought about the collapse of the tradition and called for a new beginning. Each thinker’s conceptions of the role of history and philosophy in this revolution, however, are radically different. It is as important for Strauss to reject the German metaphysical approach to history as a meaningful process as it is for Heidegger to endorse a version of it. In opposing his recovery of tradition to both the tradition and his contemporaries, Strauss appeals to no authority but only his own insight. Philosophy as he conceives it is not a destiny or fate sent by history or Being as historical.

Keywords:   history, Strauss, Heidegger, metaphysical approach, tradition, Being

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