Complicated Presence: Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical by Jussi Backman

By Jussi Backman

A artificial overview of Heidegger’s whole course of pondering as an intensive try and thematize and reconsider the basic notions of solidarity dominating the Western metaphysical tradition.

From its Presocratic beginnings, Western philosophy involved itself with a quest for team spirit either by way of the systematization of data and as a metaphysical look for a cohesion of being—two tendencies that may be considered as converging and culminating in Hegel’s approach of absolute idealism. considering that Hegel, although, the philosophical quest for team spirit has turn into more and more challenging. Jussi Backman returns to that question during this ebook, studying where of the cohesion of being within the paintings of Heidegger. Backman sketches a constant photograph of Heidegger as a philosopher of cohesion who all through his occupation in numerous methods tried to come back to phrases with either Parmenides’s and Aristotle’s primary questions about the singularity or multiplicity of being—attempting to take action, in spite of the fact that, in a “postmetaphysical” demeanour rooted in instead of above and past specific, located beings. via his research, Backman bargains a brand new means of figuring out the elemental continuity of Heidegger’s philosophical undertaking and the interconnectedness of such key Heideggerian options as ecstatic temporality, the ontological distinction, the flip (Kehre), the development (Ereignis), the fourfold (Geviert), and the research of contemporary technology.

Jussi Backman is collage Lecturer in Philosophy on the college of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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The Origin of the Work of Art,” 1–56. • “The Age of the World Picture,” 57–85. • “Hegel’s Concept of Experience,” 86–156. • “Nietzsche’s Word: ‘God is Dead,’ ” 157–99. ” 200–41. • “Anaximander’s Saying,” 242–81. xxx Abbreviations of Heidegger’s Works OTB On Time and Being. Trans. Joan Stambaugh. New York: Harper & Row, 1977. • “Time and Being,” 1–24. • “Summary of a Seminar on the Lecture ‘Time and Being,’ ” 25–54. • “The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking,” 55–73. • “My Way to Phenomenology,” 74–82.

5 Basic elements such as air or water are determined in terms of their mutual oppositions, and if one of them were to be absolute, it would annihilate the 22 Complicated Presence other, contrary elements. 6 This is the insight that Heidegger attempts to convey in his readings of the short fragment Anaximander B 1,7 possibly the earliest surviving philosophical fragment considered to be (to some extent, at least) authentic. 8 In this fragment, Anaximander seems—at least from the Heideggerian perspective—to be giving an account of the way in which beings emerge into determinate presence by reciprocally organizing and articulating one another into ordered relationships (“reckoning with one another and giving retribution to one another”), thereby overcoming the fundamental lack of definite proportion (adikia “unrighteousness, transgression”) from which they emerge.

12 Nonetheless, we will see in Chapter 2 that the problem of unity is indeed present in his work in alternating forms ever since his 1915 dissertation on Duns Scotus. One of the aims of this study is to show that the question of the unity and multiplicity of being permeates the key topics of Heidegger’s thinking: Dasein, the event (Ereignis), the fourfold (Geviert), as well as the ontological difference, distinction, or discharge (ontologische Differenz, Unterschied, Austrag). We will see that the problem-horizon of the unity of being/presence will offer a new perspective on the unity of Heidegger’s thinking itself.

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