Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning)

Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning)

Martin Heidegger
Translated by Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly
Distribution: World
Publication date: 1/1/2000
Format: cloth 424 pages, 3 figures
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-33606-4
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A Choice Outstanding Academic Book of 2000
"[Heidegger's] greatest work . . . essential for all collections." —Choice

" . . . students of Heidegger will surely find this book indispensable." —Library Journal

Contributions to Philosophy (From Enowning), written in 1936-38 and first published in 1989 as Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis), is Heidegger’s most ground-breaking work after the publication of Being and Time in 1927. If Being and Time is perceived as undermining modern metaphysics, Contributions undertakes to reshape the very project of thinking.

Author Bio

Parvis Emad is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and the founding coeditor (with Kenneth Maly) of Heidegger Studies. With Kenneth Maly he has translated Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit and Phenomenological Interpretation of Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason by Martin Heidegger and Encounters with Martin Heidegger by Heinrich Wiegand Petzet.

Kenneth Maly is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and coeditor (with John Sallis) of Heraclitean Fragments.


"Publication of this volume is the most important event in Heidegger scholarship in English since the 1962 publication of the first English translation of Sein und Zeit. Although a new translation of Being and Time has appeared (CH, Mar'97), it is difficult to imagine that this inventive and highly readable translation of Beiträge (Beitrage) zur Philosophie (vom Ereignis), by Emad (emer., DePaul Univ.) and Maly (Univ. of Wisconsin—LaCrosse), will ever be superseded. Indeed, Being and Time appears almost conventional in light of the global transformation of ordinary language that characterizes Contributions to Philosophy. Emad and Maly acknowledge that the German original itself is not readily accessible to German readers. Since the 1989 posthumous publication of the Beiträge (Beitrage) , the relation of this 1936—38 manuscript to Heidegger's thinking has become a major topic. Contributions is about the turn toward Seyn (be—ing—the archaic spelling of Sein—being), which implies a turn toward the resistant enigma of another origin. The major decisions in this translation (e.g., Ereignis as enowning instead of appropriation; Wesung as swaying instead of essencing) make Heidegger's thinking more accessible to English speakers. This translation will contribute greatly to establishing Contributions as Heidegger's second masterpiece and his greatest work. Essential for all collections. General readers; upper—division undergraduates and above." —N. Lukacher, University of Illinois at Chicago, Choice , July 2000

"[T]he new
Contributions to Philosophy is an impressive achievement. The vast majority of passages are no more opaque than the original, most of the translators' choices are very defensible, and the helpful appendices include German, Greek, and Latin glossaries as well as a bibliography of other writings by Heidegger to which he refers in this text." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Table of Contents

Translators’ Foreword

I. Preview
II. Echo
III. Playing-Forth
IV. Leap
V. Grounding
VI. The Ones to Come
VII. The Last God
VIII. Be-ing

Editor’s Epilogue