Thinking in the Light of Time

Heidegger's Encounter with Hegel

By Karin de Boer

Subjects: Continental Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791445068, 418 pages, March 2000
Hardcover : 9780791445051, 418 pages, March 2000

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Table of contents



Part I. Time and Method


1. The Development of Being and Time


1. 1 Husserl and Dilthey
1. 2 Back to Aristotle
1. 3 The Temporal Meaning of Ousia
1. 4 Beyond Husserl and Dilthey
1. 5 The Meaning of Being in Being and Time
1. 6 Being and Essence


2. The Analytic of Dasein


2. 1 The Aim of the Analytic of Dasein
2. 2 Dasein and Ontology
2. 3 Inauthenticity and Authenticity
2. 4 Temporality
2. 5 A Sketch of the Analytic of Dasein


3. The Inititial Attempt to Elaborate Time and Being


3. 1 Primordial Temporality
3. 2 Inauthentic and Authentic Thinking
3. 3 The Analogous Structures of Dasein and Ontology


4. The Temporality of Thinking: Heidegger's Method


4. 1 Phenomenology as a Basic Problem for Itself
4. 2 The Formal Indication
4. 3 The Analytic of Dasein from a Methodical Perspective
4. 4 Heidegger's Concept of Phenomenology in Being and Time
4. 5 The Temporal Threefoldness of Heidegger's Method
4. 6 Destruction, Reduction, and Construction


5. The Turn toward Being itself in The Basic Problems of Phenomenology


5. 1 The Ontological Difference
5. 2 The Basic Articulation of Being
5. 3 The Modifications of Being
5. 4 The Truth-Character of Being
5. 5 Why the Third Division was not Published

Part II. Heidegger's Later Works

6. The Gigantic Strife of Being for Itself


6. 1 The Texts Published around 1930
6. 2 Being Itself as the Occurence of Being and Time
6. 3 The History of Being as the History of Thinking
6. 4 Heidegger's Interpretation of the First Thinkers
6. 5 Nietzsche and Hölderlin
6. 6 Being and Thinking
6. 7 The Language of Being
6. 8 The Anaximander Saying
6. 9 Time and Being from 1962


Part III. Heidegger and Hegel


7. The Power of Time


7. 1 Time and Concept
7. 2 Aristotle's Interpretation of Negativity and Movement
7. 3 A Tug-of-War for Kant


8. Hegel's Logic as a Deconstruction of Metaphysics


8. 1 Passing through Contrariety
8. 2 The Rise and Fall of Discursive Metaphysics
8. 3 The Concept
8. 4 The Eternal Movement of the Concept


9. Concept, Time, and History


9. 1 Concept and Time in Hegel's System
9. 2 Heidegger's Interpretation of Hegel in Being and Time
9. 3 From Now-Time to Temporality


10. The Threefold of Thinking: Heidegger's and Hegel's Conception of Method


10. 1 Traces of the Dialectic in Heidegger's Early Work
10. 2 Absolvent Knowing
10. 3 The Problem of Method in Hegel's Phenomenology of Spirit
10. 4 Heidegger's Modification of Hegel's Methodical Principle
10. 5 Being and Time and the Phenomenology of Spirit
10. 6 The Obstinacy of Absolute Knowing


11. Bound by the Logos: Heidegger's Later Texts on Hegel


11. 1 The Sembling Self-Dependence of Thinking
11. 2 A Different Philosophical History of Philosophy
11. 3 The Origin of Onto-Theology
11. 4 Heidegger's Radicalization of Hegel's Concept of Negativity
11. 5 The Hidden Movement of History
11. 6 The Absolute as Semblance of Being





Author Index

Subject Index

Translated from the Dutch, this book offers a systematic interpretation of Heidegger's thought, focusing particularly on recently published works.


Heidegger's lifelong project of exposing and deconstructing the presuppositions governing the history of metaphysics begins with the conception of temporality outlined in Being and Time, a work which Heidegger never completed. In Thinking in the Light of Time, de Boer not only traces the notion of temporality developed in Being and Time, but goes beyond the published portion of that work to offer a reconstruction of its pivotal third division based on a systematic interpretation of other works, many of which have only recently been published. Emphasizing the continuity between Heidegger's early and later thought, de Boer provides a systematic interpretation of Heidegger's work as a whole.

Hegel's claim to have perfected metaphysics is central to de Boer's concern with Heidegger's attempt to deconstruct metaphysics. Heidegger's struggles to come to terms with Hegel's speculative science, especially the manner in which Hegel regards his own project as founded upon an understanding of time, is thus one of the focal points of de Boer's interpretation of Heidegger's deconstruction of metaphysics. De Boer argues that it is especially in his reading of Hegel that one sees how deeply Heidegger is committed to the attempt to do justice to the radical finitude of human life and its possible philosophical self-interpretations. Her reading of Heidegger shows how his works paved the way for the deconstructive efforts that guide Derrida's thought.

Karin de Boer teaches Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam.


"Drawing perceptively on the full range of pertinent texts, Karin de Boer demonstrates how thoroughly and profoundly Heidegger's thought communicates—across all the differences—with Hegel's. " — John Sallis, coeditor of Interrogating the Tradition: Hermeneutics and the History of Philosophy