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The Event

Martin Heidegger. Translated by Richard Rojcewicz

Publication Year: 2012

Martin Heidegger’s The Event offers his most substantial self-critique of his Contributions to Philosophy: Of the Event and articulates what he means by the event itself. Richard Rojcewicz’s elegant translation offers the English-speaking reader intimate contact with one of the most basic Heideggerian concepts. This book lays out how the event is to be understood and ties it closely to looking, showing, self-manifestation, and the self-unveiling of the gods. The Event (Complete Works, volume 71) is part of a series of Heidegger's private writings in response to Contributions.

Published by: Indiana University Press

Series: Studies in Continental Thought


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p. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. v-xviii

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Translator’s Introduction

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pp. xix-xx

This is a translation of Martin Heidegger’s Das Ereignis. The German original was composed in 1941–42 and was published posthumously in 2009 as volume 71 of the author’s Gesamtausgabe (“Complete Edition”). The book is the sixth in a series of seven reflections inaugurated by the decisive ...

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pp. xxiii-xxiv

... This “presentation” does not describe and report; it is neither “system” nor “aphorisms.” Only apparently is it a “presentation.” It is an attempt at a replying word, a grounding word; the saying of the endurance; but merely a timber trail off the beaten path. ...

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I. The First Beginning

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pp. 1-59

... “Being” already “is” in the disentanglement (and indeed essentially occurs in the indiscernible disentanglement). The twisting free of being. Of course it will at first be difficult to renounce beyng out of the twisting free and at the same time to experience truth as something that “is more fully” than any cognitive interpretation of its essence allows. ...

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II. The Resonating

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pp. 61-99

... is the first and most proximate indication of the other beginning. It indicates accordingly the transition from the first to the other beginning; it indicates this transition as a mode of inceptuality; but the inceptuality is at the same time counter to the advancement of the first beginning into metaphysics. ...

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III. The Difference

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pp. 101-113

... Exclude for once mere description, which always takes refuge only in “beings,” forbid mere reports, which are given over only to the past, desist from plans and calculations, which are attached only to the immediate future—and then still try to think and speak. Then to you it is as if there were nothing. Yet then to you would be what is: ...

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IV. The Twisting Free

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pp. 115-123

... essentially occurs for the first time as itself in its clearing for the experience of the passing by. But history does not first arise afterwards. Metaphysics belongs in this history, and metaphysics, as past, now displays its essence, one resting in the historiality of the truth ...

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V. The Event: The Vocabulary of Its Essence

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pp. 125-150

... The following delimitation is to make less ambiguous the otherwise still-fluctuating lexicon which must constantly maintain a transitional breadth. ...

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VI. The Event

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pp. 151-157

... is appropriating eventuation, inventive saying of what is most proper. This latter is the inceptual in its inceptuality: the stillness of protective indigence is, as appropriating eventuation, the consignment (of what is appropriated) to the domain of what is proper, a domain which is thereby first appropriatively said (Da-sein). ...

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VII. The Event and the Human Being

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pp. 159-171

In the age of anthropology, it is inevitable that the thinking of the history of beyng would seem to think the human being only so as to “explain” this being in the “middle” of beings, establish humans as the “ground” of beings, and declare humans the “goal” of all “being.” But this thinking does not think “back to” the human being; otherwise it ...

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VIII. Da-seyn

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pp. 173-192

... Da-seyn is also the necessary (wherefore) “recollection” of both the transformation of the first beginning and the overcoming of the episode of metaphysics. ...

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IX. The Other Beginning

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pp. 193-197

... This “unity” is the abyss of the difference and is the inhabited place of the pain of the thinking of beyng in its history. This “unity” is the inceptuality of the ἕν and might in the future teach us to surmise why the ἕν weighed so heavily on thinking at the first beginning. The ἕν itself already only on the basis ...

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X. Directives to the Event

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pp. 199-235

... But that says: all these determinations are appropriations of humans into the uniqueness of their distinctive role: carefulness—i.e., the protection and stewardship of the truth of beyng. ...

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XI. The Thinking of the History of Beyng (Thinking and poetizing)

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pp. 237-296

... This experience is the pain of the question-worthiness of beyng. This pain is the knowledge of the intimate belongingness to the questionworthiness of beyng—beyng which, in its twisting free toward the beginning, requires isolation from the beginning. In the extreme remoteness from the truth (as abyss) of beyng, only the thinking of the ...

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Editor’s Afterword

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pp. 297-299

This is the sixth in the series of seven great treatises on the history of being to appear out of the literary remains of Martin Heidegger. The series was inaugurated by Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event) (GA65). The current text bears the title The Event and appears as volume 71 of Heidegger’s ...

German–English Glossary

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pp. 301-305

English–German Glossary

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pp. 307-311

E-ISBN-13: 9780253006967
E-ISBN-10: 0253006961
Print-ISBN-13: 9780253006868

Page Count: 336
Publication Year: 2012

Series Title: Studies in Continental Thought