Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event)

Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event)

Martin Heidegger, edited by Martin Heidegger, translated by Richard Rojcewicz and Daniela Vallega-Neu
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 06/11/2012
ISBN: 978-0-253-00127-6
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Martin Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy reflects his famous philosophical "turning." In this work, Heidegger returns to the question of being from its inception in Being and Time to a new questioning of being as event. Heidegger opens up the essential dimensions of his thinking on the historicality of being that underlies all of his later writings. Contributions was composed as a series of private ponderings that were not originally intended for publication. They are nonlinear and radically at odds with the traditional understanding of thinking. This translation presents Heidegger in plain and straightforward terms, allowing surer access to this new turn in Heidegger’s conception of being.

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 Gesamtausgabe, including Basic Concepts of Ancient Philosophy (IUP, 2008).

Daniela Vallega-Neu teaches philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is author of Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy: An Introduction (IUP, 2004) and editor (with Charles E. Scott, Susan Schoenbohm, and Alejandro Vallega) of Companion to Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy (IUP, 2001).


“Martin Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy reflects his famous philosophical “turning" and returns to the question of being to a new questioning of being as event.”

“Written during the dark years 1936-1938, these Contributions help us to make the transition from Heidegger’s masterpiece, Being and Time, to his later thinking. Some of the darkest pages Heidegger wrote are here, and also some of the most brilliant. The translation by Richard Rojcewicz and Daniela Vallega-Neu is judicious and inspired.”
 — David Farrell Krell, DePaul University

“Contributions is among the most challenging works of our time: rigorous, it is also acrobatic in its leaps and logic; imaginative, it is nonetheless precise; intensely self-reflexive, it engages far-reaching questions. Its greatest challenge though is its language and the new vocabulary it forges. This new translation meets that challenge and so marks a real advance in our understanding of this impossible, yet indispensible book.”
 — Dennis J. Schmidt, The Pennsylvania State University

“I had tried to study the Contributions before, but I found it impossible. Now, thanks to this new translation, I have access to what may turn out to be the most important philosophical work of our time.”
 — Bruce Ledewitz, Duquesne University

“[This book is] an impressive achievement.”
 — Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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Table of Contents

Translators' Introduction

I. Prospect
II. The Reasoning
III. The Interplay
IV. The Leap
V. The Grounding
a. Da-sein and the projection of being
b. Da-sein
c. The essence of truth
d. Time-space as the abyssal ground
e. The essential occurrence of truth as a sheltering
VI. The Future Ones
VII. The Last God
VIII. Beyng

Editor's Afterword
German-English Glossary
English-German Glossary
Greek-English Glossary
Lating-English Glossary