Paths in Heidegger's Later Thought

Edited by Günter Figal, Diego D'ANGELO, Tobias Keiling and Guang Yang
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 04/01/2020
ISBN: 978-0-253-04721-2
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If one takes Heidegger at his word then his philosophy is about pursuing different "paths" of thought rather than defining a single set of truths. This volume gathers the work of an international group of scholars to present a range of ways in which Heidegger can be read and a diversity of styles in which his thought can be continued. Despite their many approaches to Heidegger, their hermeneutic orientation brings these scholars together. The essays span themes from the ontic to the ontological, from the specific to the speculative. While the volume does not aim to present a comprehensive interpretation of Heidegger’s later thought, it covers much of the terrain of his later thinking and presents new directions for how Heidegger should and should not be read today. Scholars of Heidegger’s later thought will find rich and original readings that expand considerations of Heidegger’s entire oeuvre.

Author Bio

Günter Figal was until his retirement Professor of Philosophy at the University of Freiburg im Breisgau. He is the author of Objectivity, Aesthetics as Phenomenology, and many other works both in German and English.

Diego D’Angelo is Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He is author of Zeichenhorizonte. Semiotische Figuren in Husserls Phänomenologie der Wahrnehmung.

Tobias Keiling completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and at Boston College. In addition to his book Seinsgeschichte und phänomenologischer Realismus, he has published numerous articles developing an innovative reading of later Heidegger.

Guang Yang is Associate Fellow in the School of Humanities at Tongji University Shanghai. He is author of Versammelte Bewegung.


“This collection reminds us that no matter how fierce our condemnation of Heidegger as a person may be, there remains much philosophical richness that needs to be addressed in his thought quite independently of our judgment about his personal character.”
 — Drew Hyland, editor of Heidegger and the Greeks

“This collection of essays seeks to support scholarly conversations that have been well underway in European and North American Heidegger circles, but do so by offering new accents on elements of Heidegger’s itinerary that have suffered some neglect of complacency.”
 — Christopher Yates, author of The Poetic Imagination in Heidegger and Schelling

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Table of Contents



I. Language, lógos and Rhythm

1. Jeff Malpas / "The House of Being": Poetry, Language, Place

2. Markus Wild / Heidegger and Trakl: Language speaks in the Poet’s Poem

3. Diego D’Angelo / Toward a Hermeneutic Interpretation of Greeting and Destiny in Heidegger‘s Thinking

4. Tristan Moyle / Later Heidegger’s Naturalism

II. Heidegger’s phýsis

5. Thomas Buchheim / Why is Heidegger interested in Physis?

6. Guang Yang / Being as Physis: The Belonging Together of Motion and Rest in the Greek Exprience of Physis

7. Claudia Baracchi / The End of Philosophy and the Experience of Unending Physis

8. Damir Barbarić  / Thinking at the First Beginning: Heidegger’s Interpretation of the early Greek Physis

III. Phenomenology, the Thing and the Fourfold

9. Günter Figal  / Tautophasis: Heidegger and Parmenides

10. Jussi Backman / Radical Contextuality in Heidegger’s Postmetaphysics: The Singularity of Being and the Fourfold

11. Nikola Mirkovic / The Phenomenon of Shining

12. Andrew J. Mitchell / A Brief History of Things: Heidegger and the Tradition

IV. Ground, Non-ground and Abyss

13. Hans Ruin / Heidegger, Leibniz and the Abyss of Reason

14. Sylvaine Gourdain / Ground, Abyss, and Primordial Ground: Heidegger in the wake of Schelling

15. Tobias Keiling / Erklüftung: Heidegger’s Thinking of Projection in Contributions to Philosophy