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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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Epilogue: Beginning in Wonder

Epilogue: Beginning in Wonder

(p.251) Epilogue: Beginning in Wonder
Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This epilogue discusses the phenomenon of wonder as not just puzzlement or curiosity, similar to the way Plato and Aristotle have discussed the topic before. Philosophy may seem to have its starting point in puzzlement or curiosity, but, although both concepts are a vital part of the philosophical experience, to say that they alone bear the roots of philosophy is inadequate both to the character of philosophy itself and to the character of wonder. Talk of wonder as the beginning of philosophy should rather be taken to indicate something about the character of philosophy and about its nature and limit, about that to which it is a response and so that to which it must be adequate. Inasmuch as wonder is taken to be “the feeling of the philosopher,” so it must be that which is determinative of philosophy and philosophical activity, that which is its proper “measure,” and to which it must always return.

Keywords:   wonder, puzzlement, curiosity, Plato, Aristotle, character of philosophy, nature, limit

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