Paths in Heidegger's Later Thought

Paths in Heidegger's Later Thought

Edited by Günter Figal, Diego D'Angelo, Tobias Keiling and Guang Yang
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 03/10/2020
Format: Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-253-04719-9
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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

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Visiting Distinguished Professor at Latrobe University. He is the co-editor of Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks, and the author of Heidegger's Topology and Place and Experience.

Jussi Backman is Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. He is the author of Omaisuus ja elämä: Heidegger ja Aristoteles kreikkalaisen filosofian rajalla and Complicated Presence: Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical Unity of Being as well as the Finnish translator of Heidegger's Introduction to Metaphysics.

Thomas Buchheim is professor for metaphysics and ontology at the University of Munich. Historically he has worked on Presocratic Philosophy, on Aristotle, on Schelling and on Kant. He is the author of Die Vorsokratiker. Ein philosophisches Porträt, Unser Verlangen nach Freiheit, Aristoteles – Eine Einführung in seiner Philosophie.

Diego D'Angelo is Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Lecturer at the University of Würzburg, Germany. He ist he author of Zeichenhorizonte. Semiotische Strukturen in Husserls Phänomenologie der Wahrnehmung (Springer, forthcoming).

Guang Yang is Associate Fellow at School of Humanities, Tongji University Shanghai. He is the author of the book Versammelte Bewegung at Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen.

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 (Mohr Siebeck: Tübingen, 2015), he has published numerous articles developing an innovative reading of the later Heidegger.

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.

Damir Barbarić is a full professor at the Institute of Philosophy in Zagreb. The latest books in a foreign language: Wiederholungen. Philosophiegeschichtliche Studien, Tübingen 2015; Zum anderen Anfang. Studien zum Spätdenken Heideggers, Freiburg/München 2016.

Dr Tristan Moyle is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK.

Andrew J. Mitchell is Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy at Emory University. He focuses on 19th and 20th century German philosophy. He is the author of The Fourfold: Reading the Late Heidegger and Heidegger Among the Sculptors: Body, Space, and the Art of Dwelling.

Hans Ruin, professor of philosophy, Södertörn University (Stockholm). Author of Freedom, Finitude, Historicity. Essays on Heidegger (Ersatz, 2012, in Swedish), Being with the Dead. Burial, Ancestral Politics, and the Roots of Historical Consciousness (Stanford UP, 2018).

Nikola Mirkovic is Research Fellow of Education and Philosophy at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He has published articles in phenomenology, hermeneutics, aesthetics, and philosophy of music. Most recently, he co-edited the volume Heideggers Schwarze Hefte im Kontext.Geschichte, Politik, Ideologie

Sylvaine Gourdain is Doctor in Philosophy (Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg) and Doctor in German Studies (Université Paris-Sorbonne). She is now a postdoctoral researcher at the Université Saint-Louis in Brussels. She is the author of L'Ethos de l'im-possible. Dans le sillage de Heidegger et Schelling and of Sortir du transcendental. Heidegger et sa lecture de Schelling.

Claudia Baracchi is Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Milano-Bicocca. She is the author of Aristotle's Ethics as First Philosophy and, most recently, of Amicizia.

Markus Wild is professor of philosophy at the University of Basel. He's working on early modern philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of literature.



This collection of essays seeks to support scholarly conversations that have been well underway in European and North American Heidegger circles, but does 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)


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)

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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