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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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Nihilism, Place, and “Position”

Nihilism, Place, and “Position”

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Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This chapter presents a clarificatory comment made by Heidegger in his essay The Origin of the Work of Art that is focused on an issue which is at the center of his turn to topology and at the center of the problem of nihilism: The question of the proper understanding of the relation between being and human being, which is also the question of the human relation to place, and the underlying question of the nature of place as such. The focus of discussion here is on these comments, and particularly the manner in which they thematize the Greek term thesis, or “position.”. The main goal is to lay bare a part of the larger development of Heidegger’s thinking, and the problems with which it is concerned, particularly as these connect with the matter of both nihilism and topology.

Keywords:   topology, nihilism, being, human being, place, thesis, position

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