Astonishment, time, idealization. On the Greek beginning of philosophy


  • Klaus Held Wuppertal Universitaet



Plato, time, idealims, Thaumazein, philosophy, phenomenology, beginning


The state of mind of the thaumazein, of astonishment or admiration is a capacity of all men, since their childhood. The astonishment led to the idealization process that underlies the emergence, according to Plato and Aristotle, of the Western philosophical and scientific spirit, which by virtue of globalization influences the life of all humanity, and which has manifested as a forgetfulness of the world of life. In this essay a phenomenological interpretation of thaumazein is proposed, which seeks to unravel the properly philosophical of this shuddering phenomenon and highlight its difference with pre-philosophical wonder. To do this, we resort to the daily experience of time that occurs on the horizon of the world of life and, by contrast, to the experience of time that is made in philosophical wonder. Plato and Aristotle's conceptions of time and wonder are discussed and criticized from this perspective.

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Held, K. (2002). Astonishment, time, idealization. On the Greek beginning of philosophy. Estudios De Filosofía, (26), 64–74.



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