Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds

Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds

by Alejandro A. Vallega
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Penn State University Press
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Heidegger and the Issue of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds

The word 'alterity' is found infrequently in Heidegger's work, yet Vallega makes the compelling case that the effort to trace the enigmatic force of alterity is at the heart of that work. Suggesting that we find in Heidegger an enactment of that enigma by looking at what he calls 'exilic grounds' in Heidegger's thought, Vallega makes an important and original contribution to Heidegger scholarship. Well written, clear in its presentation of difficult issues, precise in delineating solutions to some thorny problems which come out of Heidegger, this is a provocative and exciting book.-Dennis J. Schmidt, Penn State UniversityAs the only full-length treatment in English of spatiality in Martin Heidegger's work, this book makes an important contribution to Heidegger studies as well as to research on the history of philosophy. More generally, it advances our understanding of philosophy in terms of its "exilic" character, a sense of alterity that becomes apparent when one fully engages the temporality or finitude essential to conceptual determinations.By focusing on Heidegger's treatment of the classical difficulty of giving conceptual articulation to spatiality, the author discusses how Heidegger's thought is caught up in and enacts the temporality it uncovers in Being and Time and in his later writings. Ultimately, when understood in this manner, thought is an "exilic" experience-a determination of being that in each case comes to pass in a loss of first principles and origins and, simultaneously, as an opening to conceptual figurations yet to come. The discussion engages such main historical figures as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant, and indirectly Husserl, as well as contemporary European and American Continental thought.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780271028088
Publisher: Penn State University Press
Publication date: 05/07/2008
Series: American and European Philosophy
Pages: 216
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1Themes
1Transgressions: Recalling the Alterity of Beings in Plato and Aristotle17
2Exilic Thoughts: Alterity and Spatiality in the Project of Being and Time57
Part 2Scherzi
3Interruptions: The Twisting Free of Spatiality93
4Failure, Loss, Alterity: Being and Time and Spatiality113
5Enactments of Alterity: Heidegger's "Translation" of Spatiality131
6Exilic Passages: Dasein's Being-Toward-Death147
Part 3Fugue
7Concrete Passages: Alterity and Exilic Thought in Heidegger's Later Work165

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