Demythologizing Heidegger

Demythologizing Heidegger

John D. Caputo
Distribution: World
Publication date: 11/22/1993
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20838-5
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Caputo offers a compelling plea for a reinterpretation of Heidegger that will make us more humane, and more attuned to the call of justice and mercy than to the call of Being."—Christian Century

There is no other book that focuses on the religious significance of the many ‘turnings’ in Heidegger’s thought, nor that addresses the question of Heidegger’s politics textually rather than autobiographically." —Merold Westphal

A readable chronological consideration of Heidegger’s texts that assesses his achievement as a thinker, while pointing to the sources of his political and ethical failure. Caputo addresses the religious significance of Heidegger’s thought.

Author Bio

JOHN D. CAPUTO is David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy at Villanova University. His publications include Radical Hermeneutics: Repetition, Deconstruction, and the Hermeneutic Project and Heidegger and Aquinas: An Essay on Overcoming Metaphysics.

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Table of Contents


INTRODUCTION: Demythologizing Heidegger

1. Aletheia and the Myth of Being
2. Heidegger’s Kampf: The Difficulty of Life and the Hermeneutics of Facticity
3. Sorge and Kardia: The Hermeneutics of Facticity and the Categories of the Heart
4. Heidegger’s Responsibility: The Myth of Being’s Call
5. Heidegger’s Revolution: The Politics of the Myth of Being
6. Heidegger’s Essentialism: The Logic of the Mythologic of Being
7. Heidegger’s Scandal: Thinking and the Essence of the Victim
8. Heidegger’s Poets
9. Heidegger’s Gods: From Demythologizing to Remythologizing
10. Hyperbolic Justice: Mythologizing Differently with Derrida and Levinas
11. Conclusion: Heidegger and the Jewgreeks