Leading scholars address the ethical and practical dimensions of Heidegger's thought.
Heidegger has often been reproached for his alleged neglect of practical issues, specifically his "inability" to propose or articulate an ethics or politics. This book investigates the extent to which Heidegger's thought can be read as a crucial resource for practical philosophy and the articulation of an ethos for our time. Leading scholars from around the world offer a sustained and intensive focus on Heidegger's thought of praxis, working through such motifs as freedom, the possibility of ethics, the political, responsibility, community, nihilism, technology and the contemporary ethos, among others. Ultimately, this volume reveals the practical senses of ontology, and the ontological senses of praxis by exhibiting the practicality of Being itself.
François Raffoul is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Louisiana State University and the author of Heidegger and the Subject. David Pettigrew is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Southern Connecticut State University. Together they have translated Jean-Luc Nancy's and Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe's The Title of the Letter: A Reading of Lacan and Juan-David Nasio's Five Lessons on the Psychoanalytic Theory of Jacques Lacan, both published by SUNY Press, and Françoise Dastur's Heidegger and the Question of Time. They have also coedited Disseminating Lacan, also published by SUNY Press.
"This is a superb collection of essays by leading Heidegger scholars, a pioneering book that will be mandatory reading for anyone interested in the practical, ethical, and political dimensions opened up by Heidegger's thought. " — William McNeill, author of The Glance of the Eye: Heidegger, Aristotle, and the Ends of Theory
"With the increasing attention to questions of ethics and social/political philosophy in contemporary philosophy, this volume makes a timely contribution. Moreover, one could argue that 'practical philosophy' has always been at the center of Heidegger's philosophy, yet the topic has never been explored at length in this way before now. " — James Risser, editor of Heidegger toward the Turn: Essays on the Work of the 1930s
"Raffoul and Pettigrew have collected excellent texts, which offer a rich variety of views on a too-neglected side of Heidegger's thought: the preparation of new ethical and practical issues appropriate to our technological age. " — Dominique Janicaud, coauthor of Heidegger from Metaphysics to Thought