Franco Volpi - Heidegger and Aristotle

Translated by Pete Ferreira


As before, here too Heidegger's clarification puts us on the right track. Because while it is true that it makes us understand the difference between the ontological level of Heideggerian analysis and the practical-moral Aristotelian investigation, it at the same time reveals in an unequivocally manner that the ontological determinations given by Heidegger are obtained from the radicalization and ontological absolutization of Aristotle's practical-moral determinations and that, therefore, there is a substantial homogeneity between the two themes.

In general, then, regarding the whole series of unsuspected correspondences that have been found and highlighted, one can observe the following: if, on the one hand, with the intention of opposing the unilateral Husserlian determination of the subject on the basis of categories taken from θεωρία, Heidegger found in Aristotle's practical philosophy the elaboration of the original determinations of human life, on the other hand he extrapolates these determinations from the context of the theory of moral action and absolutizes them, causing them to become fundamental ontological determinations.

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