The onto-agathological fold of metaphysics: Aristotle, Plato and Heidegger

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    The goal of this paper is twofold. First, it aims to identify in Heidegger's work a determination of the history of metaphysics parallel to the famous ontotheological one, and which I will label onto-agathological. Based upon a text from the course of 1935, “Einführung in die Metaphysik,” I argue that for Heidegger the history of metaphysics is not only the Aristotelian onto-theology, but is also characterized by the Platonic pre-eminence of the good over being (Republic 509c). In short, it is an onto-agathological history. Second, and as a consequence of the first point, I will flesh out the hypothesis of another history metaphysics, and emphasize its strong phenomenological content which stands in opposition to the Neo-Kantianism of Windelband and Rickert.

    Translated title of the contributionLe pli onto-théologique de la métaphysique : Platon, Aristote, Heidegger
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)281-305
    Number of pages25
    JournalStudia Phaenomenologica
    Publication statusPublished - 2020


    • Agathology
    • Metaphysics
    • Neo-Kantianism
    • Phenomenology
    • Platonism


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