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On the Way to Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy

Parvis Emad

Publication Year: 2007

     One of the most significant philosophical works of the twentieth century, Contributions to Philosophy is also one of the most difficult. Parvis Emad, in this collection of interpretive and critical essays, unravels and clarifies this challenging work with a rare depth and originality. In addition to grappling with other commentaries on Heidegger, he highlights Heidegger's "being-historical thinking" as thinking that sheds new light on theological, technological, and scientific interpretations of reality. At the crux of Emad's interpretation is his elucidation of the issue of "the turning" in Heidegger's thought and his "enactment" of Heidegger's thinking. He finds that only when Heidegger's work is enacted is his thinking truly revealed.

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press


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pp. ix-x

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pp. xi-xv

With the appearance of Beitriige zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis) in 1989 and a decade later its English translation, Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning), philosophy faces the task of a renewed appropriation of Heidegger's thought. It is toward this appropriation that the essays collected in this volume intend to make a contribution. The elucidation undertaken in these essays is based on the realization that thinking in Contributions to Philosophy...

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p. xvii-xvii

Grateful acknowledgment is made to the following publishers for permission to use previously published works of the author...

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pp. 3-17

The essays collected in this volume enter into the II dialogue" that throughout Heidegger's long and productive preoccupation with hermeneutic phenomenology is shaped within the thinking of being by the one fold of "what shows itself in itself, the manifest" (Phii- nomen/das Sich-an-ihm-selbst-zeigende, das Offenbare)...

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Translating Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy as a Hermeneutic Responsibility

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pp. 40-61

From the vantage point of cultural history, the translation into English of Heidegger as a German philosopher seems based on one important assumption, namely, that this translation is essentially an interlingual transfer of words between the two languages, German and English. According to this assumption of cultural history, the interlingual...

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On "Echo," the First Part of Contributions to Philosophy

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pp. 43-66

othing seems to tell us more about Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning)-Heidegger's second major work after Being and Time- than the twofold aspect of its title and the announcement at the outset of a fundamental distinction between the two parts of this title. The title, Heidegger says, consists of two parts, one presenting the public...

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The Place of the Pre-Socratics in "Playing-Forth," The Second Part of Contributions to Philosophy

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pp. 67-87

Heidegger's works on the early Greek thinkers that originate from within his being-historical perspective and that have been published or are scheduled to appear in the Gesamtausgabe begin with his lecture course text of the summer semester 1932, "Der Anfang der abend- landischen Philosophie: Anaximander und Parmenides" (The Begin- ning...

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"De-cision" in Contributions to Philosophy and the Path to the Interpretation of Heraclitus Fragment 16

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pp. 88-108

It is widely known that Heidegger's interpretation of Fragment 16 of Heraclitus is a small but significant part of a large body of work that he devoted to the legacy of this philosopher, and that this body of work is part of Heidegger's extraordinarily large output on the Greeks. Given the available evidence, we can say that Heidegger's work on the Greeks...

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On the Last Part of Contributions to Philosophy, "Be-ing," Its Liberating Ontology, and the Hints at the Question of God

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pp. 109-132

If we are to enter the last part of Contributions to Philosophy (From En- owning), titled "Be-ing," and gain access to the liberating ontology that unfolds therein, we must be clear about the following questions.39 Considering the structure of this work, which precisely reflects its hermeneutic-phenomenological thrust, in what sense can "Be-ing"...

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On the Inception of Being-Historical Thinking and Its Active Character, Mindfulness

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pp. 135-155

It seems to require little argument that with the appearance of Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) and Mindfulness Heidegger's thought once again calls for renewed appropriation-once again because with the appearance of Heidegger's lecture course texts that precede Being and Time...

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Mastery of Be-ing and Coercive Force of Machination in Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy and Mindfulness and the Opening to His Nietzsche Interpretation

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pp. 156-174

Two major works of Heidegger's, Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning) and Mindfulness, the German originals of which appeared in 1989 and 1997, respectively, present a thinking as "revolutionary" as did Being and Time when it appeared in 1927...

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Heidegger and Christianity: A Look at His Correspondence with Bernhrd Welte

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pp. 175-185

From the very beginning of his philosophical career, Heidegger maintains a complex relationship to Christianity- complex because, for one thing, this relationship is not one of rejection or acceptance of the dogma and articles of faith of this religion and, for another, this relationship points directly to the very core of Heidegger's being-historical...

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Questioning Richardson's "Heidegger I, Heidegger II" Distinction and His Response in Light of Contributions to Philosophy

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pp. 186-208

One of the indisputably significant aspects of Richardson's Heidegger: Through Phenomenology to Thought is the preface to this work, which Heidegger consented to write after reading the German version of a resume of Richardson's research and findings.88 Two points here should not go unnoticed. First, because the text of the resume does not have the form of a dialogue, with two exceptions, it is unclear what questions...


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pp. 211-220


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pp. 221-224

General Index

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pp. 225-233

Index of Greek Terms

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pp. 235-236

E-ISBN-13: 9780299222239
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299222208

Publication Year: 2007