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Heidegger and the Thinking of PlaceExplorations in the Topology of Being$
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Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262016841

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262016841.001.0001

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Death and the End of Life

Death and the End of Life

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Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses Heidegger’s claim, made in The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking, that “end is place.” The idea of end that appears here applies no less to death in its relation to life than to the understanding of philosophy and its history. The exploration of these issues also has a useful consequence for the understanding of Heidegger’s topological mode of thinking, providing a possible way of integrating some key elements of his early thinking with elements of the later. Much of the discussion will thus follow a line of thinking that draws on elements consistent with Heidegger’s approach in his 1927 work, and which thereby focuses strongly on temporality, but then gradually moves to a broader and more explicitly topological view.

Keywords:   idea of end, death, life, mode of thinking, temporality, topological view

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