Complicated Presence: Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical by Jussi Backman

By Jussi Backman

A artificial evaluation of Heidegger’s whole direction of pondering as a thorough try and thematize and reconsider the elemental notions of harmony dominating the Western metaphysical tradition.

From its Presocratic beginnings, Western philosophy involved itself with a quest for cohesion either by way of the systematization of information and as a metaphysical look for a cohesion of being—two traits that may be considered as converging and culminating in Hegel’s approach of absolute idealism. due to the fact Hegel, even though, the philosophical quest for solidarity has develop into more and more challenging. Jussi Backman returns to that query during this e-book, interpreting where of the cohesion of being within the paintings of Heidegger. Backman sketches a constant photo of Heidegger as a philosopher of harmony who all through his profession in several methods tried to return to phrases with either Parmenides’s and Aristotle’s primary questions in regards to the singularity or multiplicity of being—attempting to take action, besides the fact that, in a “postmetaphysical” demeanour rooted in instead of above and past specific, located beings. via his research, Backman deals a brand new manner of figuring out the fundamental continuity of Heidegger’s philosophical venture and the interconnectedness of such key Heideggerian strategies as ecstatic temporality, the ontological distinction, the flip (Kehre), the development (Ereignis), the fourfold (Geviert), and the research of contemporary technology.

Jussi Backman is college Lecturer in Philosophy on the college of Jyväskylä, Finland.

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44 On the other hand, the hermeneutical dimension of Heidegger’s enterprise sets out from the historically situated and interpretive character of all attempts to conceptually articulate the structures of meaningful presence. , as the historical deployment and unfolding of the different ways of conceptualizing the aspects of meaningful presence that, in specific situations, respectively show themselves as most prominent, relevant, and worthy of philosophical analysis. , of the unity of being—therein.

2 However, during the half-century that separates Hegel and Nietzsche— a period characterized by Reiner Schürmann as the “most difficult decades to understand in our entire history”3—the philosophical quest for ultimate unity became increasingly unsettled. Nietzsche proclaims the systematizing tendency of philosophy to have been a subjective projection or “insertion” of unity as a supreme value into the world. ” In Heidegger’s historical narrative, this end most fully unfolds in the work of Nietzsche.

It is rather the thinkers themselves who are “taken up” by the topic with which they are faced and which motivates their work. The inception is the philosophical “mission” or “commission” of the first philosophers, the task assigned to them in the beginning of philosophy. The inception is not something dependent on the favor of these [inceptual] thinkers, something with which they proceed in such From the First Inception to the Other 21 and such a way, but, rather, the reverse: the inception is that which takes something up [etwas anfängt] with these thinkers, occupying them in such a way that an extreme resignation before being is required of them.

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