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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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Geography, Biology, and Politics

Geography, Biology, and Politics

(p.137) 7 Geography, Biology, and Politics
Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

This chapter attempts to address the relationship between the thinking that adopts a holistic or ecological conception of the relation between human being and the environing world, and that which adopts a conservative and reactionary politics. The issue is pursued by considering the way they emerge in connection to Heidegger, especially as he may be positioned in relation to the geographers Friedrich Ratzel and Paul Vidal de la Blache, as well as the ethologist Jakob von Uexküll. Particularly important is the contrast between Heidegger and von Uexküll, especially since it is argued here that, although they both adopt a holistic or ecological conception of the relation between human being and the world, the place-oriented character of the Heideggerian approach marks a crucial point of difference with the subjectivist and biologically oriented approach evident in von Uexküll.

Keywords:   ecological conception, human being, environing world, reactionary politics, Heidegger, Friedrich Ratzel, de la Blache, Jakob von Uexküll, place-oriented character, biologically oriented approach

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