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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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Topology, Triangulation, and Truth

Topology, Triangulation, and Truth

(p.199) 10 Topology, Triangulation, and Truth
Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This chapter focuses on the works of both Heidegger and Davidson, and how they each provide an example of how the inquiry into questions of interpretation and understanding may be central to a broader set of more fundamentally “ontological” issues. Despite the enormous divergence between them in style and philosophical background, there seems to be a number of important points in relation to these issues on which the two converge. However, this convergence cannot adequately be understood except inasmuch as the work of both Heidegger and Davidson is read as giving a central role to the idea of topos. It shall be shown here that the structure of the Davidsonian analysis mirrors features of the Heideggerian, notably in taking the structure on the basis of which understanding and interpretation are possible as a single meaningful structure that encompasses and defines both the interpreter as well as the worldly context of interpretation.

Keywords:   interpretation, understanding, Heidegger, Davidson, ontological issues, topos, interpreter, worldly context

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