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"This excellent book makes a notable addition to recent scholarship in hermeneutics, phenomenology, and contemporary continental thought. In  particular, it enriches existing perspectives  on Heidegger  but also broaches new and unexplored lines of research by showing how facticity, a term coined by the young Heidegger, plays an important role in his
early and late philosophy.  More than a dozen original essays, some by foremost scholars in the
area, trace the significance of facticity..."
Emilia Angelova, Trent University

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The concept of facticity has undergone crucial transformations over the last century in hermeneutics and phenomenology, but it has not yet received the attention that it warrants. Following a suggestion by Merleau-Ponty that philosophy is not about essences but rather the facticity of existence, prominent philosophers examine the significance of facticity in its historical context and reflect on its contemporary relevance. Focusing on the works of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, Lacan, and Fanon, among others, they trace its significance from life-philosophy to contemporary European thought and explore its philosophical implications. The following questions are addressed: What thoughts of experience, of subjectivity, of finitude, of nature, of the body, of racial and sexual difference does facticity provoke? What thinking of language, of history, of birth and death, of our ethical being-in-the-world does it mobilize? Exploring these questions, the contributors offer new interpretations of facticity.

"Rarely have I read a collection so rich in implicit intersection and contestation, and thus so able to stimulate fresh thought." -- John T. Lysaker, author of You Must Change Your Life: Poetry, Philosophy, and the Birth of Sense

"This fine collection shows that Heidegger's work does open many rich paths for engaging experience. Each essay contributes to a dialogue between today's driving concerns in continental philosophy and Heidegger's thought. Furthermore, the volume shows how facticity can be given new and constructive impulses for today's philosophical work." -- Alejandro A. Vallega, author of Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds

Contributors include Giorgio Agamben, Robert Bernasconi, Ed Casey, Bernard Flynn, Namita Goswami, Patricia Huntington, Theodore Kisiel, Jean-Luc Nancy, Eric Sean Nelson, David Pettigrew, François Raffoul, Jacob Rogozinski, Gregory Schufreider, Anthony J. Steinbock, and Rudi Visker. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press (January 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 079147366X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791473665
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,876,153 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Heart of Texas on September 13, 2012
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Rethinking Facticity is a highly informative read. Despite what the reviewer named "Philosophy Student" contends, this book is an invaluable collection of essays for anyone interested in why Martin Heidegger is considered one of the eminent philosophers of the 20th century. My guess is that said reviewer does not have the attention span required to think critically on the application of such an expansive philosophy.

This is a great book with well-thought-out essays by prestigious authors in the continental tradition; including, but not limited to: Jean-Luc Nancy, Robert Bernasconi, François Raffoul, Eric Sean Nelson, Gregory Schufreider, and Patricia Huntington, just to name a few.

The wide range of topics showcase the applicability of Heidegger's philosophy to ethics, perception, art, psychoanalysis, community, and responsibility -- again, just to name a few.

What we see are critical and original essays that are technical but not outrageously complicated, allowing for both scholars -- as well as -- those who are looking for a reasonable approach to the author of Being and Time -- to enjoy. Heidegger's philosophy could seem daunting without such a timely and accessible book in hand. After reading, I found myself to have a much better working grasp of not only the lexicon of this philosophy, but also of the myriad ways that contemporary scholars are engaging this often enigmatic intellectual.

I highly recommend this book for anybody looking for ways to access one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elliot on November 12, 2013
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The book treats a point of access to Heidegger's path of thinking often neglected by his English speaking proponents. The neo-Kantian term "facticity" is the germ of Heidegger's concept of Thrownness, Dasein's pre-thematic familiarity with the sheer givenness of its being-in-the-world. A thorough understanding of this concept not only sheds light on the role of "Mood" in Heidegger's analysis, but is crucial for any understanding of his account of Authenticity, and provides a very good insight into what "formal indication" (the germ of the "existentiale") is and does for Heidegger.

Anyone writing on Heidegger would be well advised to, at the very least, peruse Theodore Kisiel's chapter on the origins of Heidegger's approach to the study of Dasein. Here Kisiel clarifies (for the non-initiate) and expands upon the discussion of facticity undertaken in his book, The Genesis of Being and Time, which is among the best surveys of early Heidegger published in English.
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John on December 25, 2011
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This book is somewhat relevant for the intrepid academic. One must glance over several grammatical mistakes, and not to mention, the poor organization of this text in order to make any sense of it. For this reason, I give it one star. I suggest looking at other texts if you are truly interested in this topic.
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