Ethics and Danger

Essays on Heidegger and Continental Thought

Edited by Arleen B. Dallery & Charles E. Scott
With P. Holley Roberts

Subjects: Continental Philosophy
Series: SUNY series, Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791409848, 348 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791409831, 348 pages, July 1992

Alternative formats available from:

Table of contents



Samuel IJsseling, Heidegger and Politics

2. William J. Richardson, Heidegger's Truth and Politics

3. Francoise Dastur, Three Questions to Jacques Derrida

4. John D. Caputo, Spirit and Danger

5. David Farrell Krell, Of Spirit and the Daimon: On Derrida's De l'esprit

6. Veronique M. Foti, Aletheia and Oblivion's Field: On Heidegger's Parmenides Lectures

7. Babette E. Babich, Questioning Heidegger's Silence: A Postmodern Topology


8. Peg Birmingham, Ever Respectfully Mine: Heidegger on Agency and Responsibility

9. Tina Chanter, Metaphysical Presence: Heidegger on Time and Eternity

10. Rebecca Comay, Framing Redemption: Aura, Origin, Technology in Benjamin and Heidegger

11. John van Buren, The Young Heidegger, Aristotle, Ethics

12. Klaus Held, The Finitude of the World: Phenomenology in Transition from Husserl to Heidegger (translated by Anthony J. Steinbock)

13. Joseoh C. Flay, Hegel, Heidegger, Derrida: Retirieval as Reconstruction, Destruction, Deconstruction

14. Robert Mugerauer, Architecture as Properly Useful Opening


15. Edith Wyschogrod, Does Continental Ethics Have a Future?

16. Ladelle McWhorter, Asceticism/Askesis: Foucault's Thinking Historical Subjectivity

17. Mario Moussa, Foucault and the Problem of Agency; Or, Toward a Practical Philosophy

18. Cynthia Willett, Partial Attachments: A Deconstructive Model of Responsibility

19. Roger Bell, Rorty on Derrida: A Discourse of Simulated Moderation

20. Bill Martin, Elements of a Derridean Social Theory

21. Craig R. Vasey, Faceless Women and Serious Others: Levinas, Misogyny, and Feminism




Ethics and Danger examines Heidegger's association with German National Socialism and attempts to understand both the question of politics in Heidegger's thought and the thought that gives rise to that question. It explores the contribution of Heidegger's work to issues of ethics, technology, and social theory, as well as his relationship to other thinkers such as Parmenides, Aristotle, Hegel, Husserl, Benjamin, Levinas, Rorty, Foucault, and Derrida. Finally, it addresses the more general question of the future of ethical thought within continental philosophy.

In order to engage the ethical issues surrounding Heidegger's life and thought, the authors speak of dangers such as facism and the facile, self-congratulatory moral stance that Heidegger exemplifies. The question of how to speak in the wake of Heidegger's thought takes many forms, and the answers represent a diversity of viewpoints from both American and continental thinkers.

Arleen B. Dallery is Associate Professor of Philosophy at LaSalle University. Charles E. Scott is Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. They are the editors of Crises in Continental Philosophy: The Question of the Other and Essays in Contemporary Continental Philosophy, both published by SUNY Press. P. Holley Roberts is a Ph. D. candidate in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University.