Gregory Fried is professor of philosophy at Boston College. He is the author of Heidegger’s Polemos: From Being to Politics. With Richard Polt, he has translated Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics and Being and Truth as well as edited A Companion to Heidegger’s “Introduction to Metaphysics” and Nature, History, State: 1933–1934. He is cofounder and director of the Mirror of Race Project (mirrorofrace.bc.edu). With his father, Charles Fried, he is author of Because It Is Wrong: Torture, Privacy, and Presidential Power in the Age of Terror.
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Preface: Address to the Reader
Introduction: Towards a Polemical Ethics
Chapter 1. Between Earth and Sky: The Polemics of Finitude and Transcendence
Chapter 2. Back to the Cave: From Heidegger to Plato
Chapter 3. Seeing Sun and Shadow: The Metaphorics of Vision in the Cave
Chapter 4. Breaking Down in the Cave
Chapter 5. Ideation and Reconstruction: Healing from the Bonds of the Cave
Chapter 6. The Compulsion of the Body
Chapter 7. At the Crossroads of the Cave
Chapter 8. Retrieving Phronēsis: Antigone at the Heart of Ethics
Chapter 9. Conclusion: Towards Enacting a Polemical Ethics
In Towards a Polemical Ethics: Between Heidegger and Plato, Gregory Fried accomplishes exactly what the title declares: he prepares us for the development of what, in his revised sense of the term, will be a polemical ethics by developing a space between Plato and Heidegger that is at once well-founded and richly speculative. At the same time, the book engages the reader in a similarly rich and friendlypolemos.
Gregory Fried's Toward a Polemical Ethics is an original piece of writing marked by two distinctive abilities. It shows the scholarly depth of a specialist attuned to the writings of Plato and Heidegger, but it also reflects the creative talents of a philosopher who directs his energies at grappling with problems that define our contemporary situation. This is a book that will require all of us to rethink our traditional understanding of Heidegger's writings on Plato.