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Martin Heidegger and the Inventive Destruktion of the Corpus Aristotelicum: Addressivity, Receptivity, and Synchronicity in the Archival Politics of SS1924

Allsup, Andrew (2024) Martin Heidegger and the Inventive Destruktion of the Corpus Aristotelicum: Addressivity, Receptivity, and Synchronicity in the Archival Politics of SS1924. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Though critical assessments of Martin Heidegger’s existential phenomenology are nothing new, there have only been piecemeal efforts to grasp the scope and influence of Heidegger’s rhetorical politics on his attempt to rethink the scholastic and enlightenment images of man. With only a few notable exceptions, interest in the specifically rhetorical character of Heidegger’s philosophical commitments has yet to become a commonplace in debates about the value of Heidegger’s philosophy for the development political theory. In this dissertation, I contribute to this growing body of scholarship by presenting an account of Heidegger’s rhetorical politics that may serve as a critical response to the more optimistic readings of his existential phenomenology as a wellspring of communitarian being-with-others. I advance the case that we can articulate a specifically rhetorical character of his philosophical commitments by examining his inventive use of the Corpus Aristotelicum as an archival site of collective identity formation. Specifically, I examine how Heidegger’s development of a distinctively phenomenological approach to philological-hermeneutic practices of archival interpretation participates in a broader political strategy aimed at the “destruktion” of a culturally salient metaphysical image of man as subject. This “de-structured” image of man, I illustrate, is positioned by Heidegger to serve as the ground upon which he can, subsequently, construct a concept of “the people” that does not succumb to his critical ascription of averageness, inauthenticity, and falleness to “everyday” being-in-the-world. I advance the claim that we ought to characterize this move as a politics of populist (anti)metaphysics, yielding valuable insight into the rhetorical dimensions binding his philosophical ambitions with the role that he believed education ought to serve in the cultural and political maintenance of national identity. This, I conclude, ought to give pause in our more optimistic interpretations of the priority he gives to listening and silence over speech by considering these moves as part and parcel of a broader rhetorical politics articulating a nationalistic and proto-fascistic vision of collective identity, destiny, and belonging.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Allsup, Andrewaallsup@bates.eduapa320009-0003-5657-0758
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairMatheson,
Committee MemberJohnson,
Committee MemberBruce,
Committee MemberHappe,
Date: 13 May 2024
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 25 March 2024
Approval Date: 13 May 2024
Submission Date: 29 March 2024
Access Restriction: 2 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 2 years.
Number of Pages: 373
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Communication: Rhetoric and Communication
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Phenomenology, Rhetoric, Conceptuality, Addressivity, Receptivity, Synchronicity
Date Deposited: 13 May 2024 13:42
Last Modified: 13 May 2024 13:42

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