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Heidegger's PolemosFrom Being to Politics$
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Gregory Fried

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780300080384

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300080384.001.0001

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Polemos and Heraclitus

Polemos and Heraclitus

(p.21) Chapter 1 Polemos and Heraclitus
Heidegger's Polemos

Gregory Fried

Yale University Press

This chapter evalutes the significance of polemos in Heidegger's thinking. His understanding of polemos is derived from the meaning taken from his reading of Heraclitus, particularly of Fragment 53. This chapter thus provides the context for Heidegger's understanding of polemos by examining and analyzing this fragment and how their enduring roots continue to have a place in Heidegger's reading of Fragment 53. The fragment itself seems to celebrate war, but a closer analysis of it, particularly of its first and second parts, allow us to judge the message it attempts to address regarding war and how this reading would eventually be imbedded in the thinking of Heidegger. Furthermore, the chapter looks at the work of Charles Kahn and Marcovich.

Keywords:   polemos, Heidegger's thinking, Heraclitus, Fragment 53, Charles Kahn, Marcovich

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