The Finitude of Being

By Joan Stambaugh

Subjects: Continental Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791411063, 200 pages, July 1992
Hardcover : 9780791411056, 200 pages, July 1992

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Table of contents

1. The Problem

2. Concealment as Preservation

3. Concealing as Strife with Unconcealing

4. Concealing as Distortion

5. Concealment as Process: Nihilism as the History of Being

6. Framing

7. The Open, the Opening

8. The Open in Heidegger's Conception

9. Appropriation

10. Return to the Problem

11. Schelling's Treatise on Human Freedom

12. Appropriation and Concealment: Concealment as Process and as Structure

13. The Fourfold

14. Nature

15. Mortals and the Godlike Ones

16. The Pure Draft

17. The In-finite Relation (Verhaltnis)

18. The Mirror-Play of the Fourfold

19. Beitrage

20. Conclusion




Joan Stambaugh is Professor of Philosophy at Hunter College of City University of New York and The Graduate Center. She is the author of The Real is Not the Rational, also published by SUNY Press.


"Finitude is clearly a central notion in Heidegger's thought, but its meaning has never been elucidated in the context of his entire work. Stambaugh tackles this difficult issue, and she does it with insight and elegance." — Fred Dallmayr, University of Notre Dame

"This book shows great insight into the main thrust of Heidegger's complex body of work, provides many clarifying examples, offers helpful parallels with the thought of other philosophers. And, perhaps most important of all, Stambaugh shows that her topic transcends narrow scholarly concerns, addressing the age-old and perennially vital question of the nature and limits of human knowledge and power.

"The author has a first-class reputation as a translator of several of Heidegger's important works, and is the author of two significant studies of Nietzsche's philosophy. She had numerous conversations with Heidegger during the last ten years of his life, in the course of which she was able to obtain detailed help from him concerning difficult aspects of his thinking and problems in translating key terms in this thinking into English. In this book, she is able to draw on this background in interpreting several of Heidegger's later and posthumous publications, focusing on an absolutely central, and very difficult, notion (the finitude of being) in Heidegger's thought. The book incorporates the first scholarly study of one of the most important of Heidegger's works, the long-awaited and posthumously published (1989) Beiträge zur Philosophie." — Joseph P. Fell, Bucknell University