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Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event) (Studies in Continental Thought) Hardcover – June 11, 2012
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"[This book is] an impressive achievement." ―Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"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
About the Author
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).
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To fully grasp this work, it is crucial to note Heidegger's change in locution here from the metaphysical conception of "being" to a more primordial conception of "beyng". These concepts refer to entirely different things with entirely different histories. In illuminating beyng as event, Heidegger rejects the metaphysical understanding of being as the Platonic form of beingness--the most universal and vague concept under which all beings (objects, particles) are subsumed. According to Heidegger, this has been the reigning manner of understanding Being since the time of the ancient Greeks, and it was out of this vulgar understanding that the sciences, with their preoccupation with beings and the advancement of technology, were born. Heidegger does not want to eliminate the metaphysical conception of being outright; rather, he wants to work to overcome it through a "new beginning" that will give priority to the basic question of the truth of beyng. Addressing the basic question will require a re-thinking of the "first beginning" that was initiated by the Greeks in their relegating being to mere beingness.Read more ›
I give it 4 stars for its not being a complete publication, but 5 stars for its content and importance. How come this book isn't at the center of academic discussion? My guess? It's too challenging and ground breaking...yet I found many of its arguments to be simple and playfully creative. Highly Recommended!
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It's sort of a revelation in many respects. Sort of laughing at freuds so-called "contributions" by choosing this title.Published 16 months ago by Preston
This new translation is beautiful in its simplicity and rigour. It pinpoints the fact that, like Nietzsche, Heidegger is a global thinker whose thought will inspire many to make... Read morePublished on July 31, 2014 by ScruffyOwlet
The one star is only for this particular dreadful translation, not Heidegger's book itself, which is a very impressive one. Read morePublished on July 31, 2013 by Sator
Is our civilization star-crossed? Nearly impossible, it would seem, is the task of some kind of articulation of this crux that would be persuasive enough to even raise a question... Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by Reece Thomas Harris
Whenever I reached a passage in the new translation of the Beitrage I could not comprehend, I consulted the first translation, and between the two translations I could dimly make... Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Benedetto Ahagon