Heidegger toward the Turn

Essays on the Work of the 1930s

Edited by James Risser

Subjects: Continental Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791443026, 364 pages, August 1999
Hardcover : 9780791443019, 364 pages, September 1999

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Table of contents



James Risser

I. On Truth

1. Interrupting the Truth
John Sallis

2. Tuned to Accord: On Heidegger's Concept of Truth
Rodolphe Gasche

II. Metaphysics and the History of Being

3. Heidegger's Revolution: An Introduction to An Introduction to Metaphysics
John D. Caputo

4. Heidegger and 'The' Greeks: History, Catastrophe, and Community
Dennis J. Schmidt

III. The Work of Art

5. The Greatness of the Work of Art
Robert Bernasconi

6. Heidegger's Freiburg Version of the Origin of the Work of Art
Francoise Dastur

IV. Reading Holderlin

7. Thinking and Poetizing in Heidegger and in Holderlin's "Andenken"
Hans-Georg Gadamer

8. Heidegger, Holderlin, and Sophoclean Tagedy
Veronique M. Foti

9. Heidegger's Turn to Germanien—a Sigetic Venture
Wilhelm S. Wurzer

V. Heidegger and Ethics

10. The Question of Ethics in Heidegger's Account of Authenticity
Charles E. Scott

11. Heidegger on Values
Jacques Taminiaux

VI. Reading the Beitrage

12. Ultimate Double Binds
Reiner Schurmann

13. Contributions to Life
David Farrell Krell

VII. Thinking the "Da" of Dasein

14. Empty Time and Indifference to Being
Michel Haar

15. Heimat: Heidegger on the Threshold
Will McNeill


Notes on Contributors

General Index

Leading figures in Heidegger scholarship critically reflect on the dominant topics of Heidegger's thought during the 1930s.


Heidegger toward the Turn is the first sustained critical reflection on topics that came to dominate Heidegger's thinking during the 1930s, when his thinking is said to have undergone a "turn." These topics include the nature of the truth of being, the destruction of the history of metaphysics, the relation between art and philosophy, and the thinking of human destiny within the political climate of National Socialism.

Contributors include Robert Bernasconi, John D. Caputo, Françoise Dastur, Veronique Foti, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Rodolphe Gasché, Michel Haar, David Farrell Krell, Will McNeill, John Sallis, Dennis J. Schmidt, Reiner Schürmann, Charles Scott, Jacques Taminiaux, and Wilhelm Wurzer.

James Risser is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University and is the author of Hermeneutics and the Voice of the Other: Re-reading Gadamer's Philosophical Hermeneutics, also published by SUNY Press.


"This is a fine collection of essays written by leading figures in Heidegger scholarship that will be of interest to both the specialist and student alike. The issues at stake during the period examined are not only important for coming to understand Heidegger's thought, but also critical ones for evaluating Heidegger's impact as a thinker. Moreover, granted Heidegger's own political failures during this time, their adjudication is a difficult undertaking. These essays significantly contribute to that task." — Stephen H. Watson, author of Extensions: Essays on Interpretation, Rationality, and the Closure of Modernism

"Written by some of the most important continental philosophers of our time, this book offers the most comprehensive and philosophically rich interpretation of Heidegger in the 1930s that is available." — Walter A. Brogan, Villanova University