Heidegger's Poietic Writings

Heidegger's Poietic Writings

From Contributions to Philosophy to The Event
Daniela Vallega-Neu
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/22/2018
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-03388-8
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Engaging the development of Heidegger’s non-public writings on the event between 1936 and 1941, Daniela Vallega-Neu reveals what Heidegger's private writings kept hidden. Vallega-Neu takes readers on a journey through these volumes, which are not philosophical works in the traditional sense as they read more like fragments, collections of notes, reflections, and expositions. In them, Vallega-Neu sees Heidegger searching for a language that does not simply speak about being, but rather allows a sense of being to emerge in his thinking and saying. She focuses on striking shifts in the tone and movement of Heidegger’s thinking during these important years. Skillfully navigating the unorthodox and intimate character of these writings, Vallega-Neu provides critical insights into questions of attunement, language, the body, and historicity in Heidegger’s thinking.

Author Bio

Daniela Vallega-Neu is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oregon. She is translator (with Richard Rojcewicz) of Martin Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event) and author of Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy: An Introduction.


“Daniela Vallega-Neu’s book is a landmark achievement in Heidegger scholarship. It offers a coherent and incisive developmental account of some of the central notions in Heidegger’s private notebooks of the 1930s and 1940s. Vallega-Neu displays a rigorous, thoughtful, and nuanced understanding of the whole of Heidegger’s notebooks. She tells a compelling tale of the changes in Heidegger’s thought at this time.”
 — Andrew J. Mitchell, author of , The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger

“An original contribution to our understanding of a very difficult segment of Heidegger’s writings. Daniela Vallega-Neu is clearly one of the leading experts on this period of Heidegger’s work, the period of the “poietic” or “nonpublic” texts.”
 — David Farrell Krell, author of , Ecstasy, Catastrophe: Heidegger from Being and Time to the Black Notebooks

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