Franco Volpi - Heidegger and Aristotle

Translated by Pete Ferreira


The essay on the Aristotelian concept of φύσις fits into this horizon of decisive detachment from metaphysics, and it is in this context that Aristotle is assigned a decisive role within metaphysics. Without giving the Heideggerian analysis of Aristotle after the 'turn' a detailed interpretation, we will highlight the connection with the preceding instance, which was the focus of our inquiry, and to understand the internal logic that leads the development of Heideggerian thought in this evolution of its relationship with Aristotle.

We now have some texts that are halfway between the first positive appropriation and the essay on φύσις and therefore provide useful documentation in this regard. These are the courses taught by Heidegger between the late 1920s and early 1930s, namely in the years when the 'turn' brewed; following them, you can take in the gradual development of the Heideggerian perspective in the deepening and the radicalization of his criticism of the tradition. In particular, the course of winter semester 1929/30, that of summer semester 1930 and finally that of summer semester 1931, in which Heidegger returns several times to Aristotle, give us the opportunity to follow step by step the modification of the Heideggerian interpretation in relation with the development of the new perspective.

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