The Event

The Event

Heidegger, Martin
Distribution: World
Publication date: 12/27/2012
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-00686-8
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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.

Author Bio

Richard Rojcewicz is Scholar-in-Residence in the Philosophy Department at Duquesne University. He is author of The Gods and Technology: A Reading of Heidegger and translator of several volumes of Heidegger's Complete Works, including Basic Concepts of Ancient Philosophy (IUP, 2008) and (with Daniela Vallega-Neu) Contributions to Philosophy: Of the Event (IUP, 2012).


Heidegger is struggling to articulate his thinking, and many sections in this work are illuminating to some of his most difficult discussions in the Contributions and his thinking about Greek metaphysics, language, and poetry and philosophy.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction

Sophocles, Oedipus at Colonus, vv. 73-74.
This "presentation" does not describe and report
The destiny of beyng devolves upon the thinkers
The dispensation of beyng in the event toward the beginning
Not only throughout all the world
In regard to Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event)

I. The first beginning
A. The first beginning
C. Anaximander
D. Western thinking
E. Under way toward the first beginning
The preparation for the thinking of beyng in its historicality
So as to remain on the bridge
F. The first beginning
G. The first beginning
H. The advancement of the first beginning into the start of metaphysics
II. The resonating
A. The resonating
B. The signs of the transition
The passing by
The in-between of the history of beyng
C. Modernity and the West
D. Metaphysics
E. The will to willing

III. The difference

IV. The twisting free

V. The event

VI. The event

VII. The event and the human being

VIII. Da-seyn
A. The human being as understood with respect to the history of being and
Da-seyn (steadfastness)
B. Da-seyn
Da-sein and "reflexion"
Steadfastness and disposition
C. Disposition and Da-sein
The pain of the question-worthiness of beyng

IX. The other beginning

X. Directives to the event
A. The enduring of the difference (distinction)
Experience as the pain "of" the departure
B. The thinking of the history of beyng
The enduring of the difference (distinction)
The care of the abyss
The timber trail
Thinking and the word
C. Toward a first elucidation of the basic words
"Truth" (With regard to: The saying of the first beginning)
The "essence" and the "essential occurrence"
History and historiality

XI. The thinking of the history of beyng
(Thinking and poetizing)
A. The experience o

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