Martin Heidegger’s “Parmenides” hits Iranian bookstores


TEHRAN – The book by German philosopher Martin Heidegger “Parmenides” has been published in Persian.

The Tehran-based Organization for Research and Writing of University Textbooks in the Humanities is the publisher of the book translated into Persian by Taleb Jaberi.

“Parmenides”, a lecture given by Heidegger at the University of Friborg in 1942-1943, presents a very original interpretation of ancient Greek philosophy.

A major contribution to Heidegger’s provocative dialogue with the pre-Socratics, the book attacks some of the most firmly established conceptions of Greek thought and the Greek world.

The central theme is the question of truth and the primordial understanding of truth found in Parmenides’ “Didactic Poem”.

Heidegger highlights the contrast between Greek and Roman thought and the reflection of this contrast in language. He analyzes the decline in the primordial understanding of truth – and, equally important, of lying – which began in later Greek philosophy and which continues, by virtue of the Latinization of the West, to the present day.

Beyond an interpretation of Greek philosophy, “Parmenides” (volume 54 of the collective works of Heidegger) offers a vehement critique of the contemporary world, delivered at a time that Heidegger qualifies as “disjointed”.

The Indiana University Press published an English translation of the book by Richard Rojcewicz and Andre Schuwer in 1998. The original book was published in 1944.

Heidegger (1889-1976) was a German philosopher whose work is perhaps most easily associated with phenomenology and existentialism, although his thought should only be identified as part of these philosophical movements with care and an extreme qualification.

His ideas have had a decisive influence on the development of contemporary European philosophy. They have also had an impact far beyond philosophy, for example in architectural theory, literary criticism, theology, psychotherapy and cognitive science.

Photo: Cover of the Persian translation of Martin Heidegger’s book “Parmenides”.



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