Phenomenological Interpretations of Ancient Philosophy


Ancient philosophy has from the outset inspired phenomenological philosophers in a special way. Phenomenological Interpretations of Ancient Philosophy offers fresh perspectives on the manner in which ancient Greek thought has influenced phenomenology and traces the history of this reception. Unlike various related treatments, the present volume offers a broad account of this topic that includes chapters on Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jacob Klein, Hannah Arendt, Eugen Fink, Jan Patočka, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida.

This collection of essays, edited by Kristian Larsen and Pål Rykkja Gilbert, is addressed to students of ancient philosophy and the phenomenological tradition as well as to readers who have a general interest in the fascinating, yet complex, connection between ancient Greek thought and phenomenological philosophy.

Contributions by: Jussi Backman, Pål Rykkja Gilbert, Burt Hopkins, Filip Karfík, Alexander Kozin, Kristian Larsen, Arnaud Macé, Claudio Majolino, Hans Ruin, Thomas Schwarz Wentzer, Vigdis Songe-Møller, Tanja Staehler, Morten S. Thaning and Charlotta Weigelt.

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Kristian Larsen, Ph.D. (2011), University of Copenhagen, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at NTNU, Norway. He has written numerous publications on Plato, including What are Collections and Divisions Good For? A Reconsideration of Plato’s Phaedrus (Ancient Philosophy, 2020) and published on Heidegger.

Pål Rykkja Gilbert is a PhD candidate at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has published articles on Plato, Aristotle, and Heidegger.
Notes on Contributors

  Kristian Larsen and Pål Rykkja Gilbert

1 Back to the Meanings Themselves: Husserl, Phenomenology, and the Stoic Doctrine of the Lekton
  Claudio Majolino

2 Speaking Being: Heidegger’s Aristotle and the Problem of Anthropology
  Thomas Schwarz Wentzer

3 Virtue and Authenticity: Heidegger’s Interpretation of Aristotle’s Ethical Concepts
  Pål Rykkja Gilbert

4 An “Obscure” Phenomenology? Heidegger, Plato, and the Philosopher’s Struggle for the Truth of Appearance
  Charlotta Weigelt

5 A Strange Fate: Heidegger and the Greek Inheritance
  Hans Ruin

6 Dialectic as a Way of Life: Hans-Georg Gadamer’s Interpretation of Plato
  Morten S. Thaning

7 Counting (on) Being: On Jacob Klein’s Return to Platonic Dialectic
  Kristian Larsen

8 Phenomenology and Ancient Greek Philosophy: Methodological Protocols and One Specimen of Interpretation
  Burt Hopkins

9 The (Meta)politics of Thinking: On Arendt and the Greeks
  Jussi Backman

10 Heraclitus’ Cosmology: Eugen Fink’s Interpretation in Dialogue with Martin Heidegger
  Vigdis Songe-Møller

11 Jan Patočka on Plato’s Conception of the Soul as Self-Motion
  Filip Karfík

12 Elemental Embodiment: From the Presocratics to Levinas via Plato
  Tanja Staehler and Alexander Kozin

13 Outside the Walls with Phaedrus: Derrida and the Art of Reading Plato
  Arnaud Macé


Scholars and students interested in phenomenology, ancient philosophy, and the way ancient philosophy has influenced the thought of various phenomenological thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, and Derrida.
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