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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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The Topos of Thinking

The Topos of Thinking

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Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This chapter demonstrates how Heidegger’s thinking can be said to be concerned with place in at least three ways: First as the proper focus of thinking, and so as that which it is concerned to think and to speak, to address, and to articulate; second, as that which is the proper horizon of thinking, that holds thinking within it, that bounds it, and which thereby allows thinking to appear as thinking; and finally, as that which is the proper origin of thinking, out of which thinking emerges, and from which it gains its direction as well as its sustenance. It is vital to note in the study of these three principles that they are not sharply distinct from one another, but instead reflect different aspects of what is a single, unitary topos. It is only appropriate that the exploration of the place of thinking should begin where thinking itself begins, and so take as its starting point the placed origin of thinking.

Keywords:   place, focus of thinking, horizon of thinking, origin of thinking, unitary topos

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