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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 Place of Topology

The Place of Topology

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Heidegger and the Thinking of Place

Jeff Malpas

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This chapter claims that Heidegger’s work cannot adequately be understood except as topological in character, and so as centrally concerned with place—topos, Ort, Ortschaft. This is not to say, however, that the author is the only person to make this claim, or something like it. Both Joseph Fell and Reiner Schürmann advanced topological readings of Heidegger in the 1980s that contain important points of convergence with the views presented here. The views illustrated in this chapter are, if anything, attempts at setting out a definitive case for the topological reading of Heidegger’s thinking in its entirety, as well as to articulate an account of topology or topography as itself central to philosophical inquiry. The chapter argues that the attempt to think place, and to think in accord with place, is at the heart of philosophy as such.

Keywords:   topological, place, topos, Ort, Ortschaft, Joseph Fell, Reiner Schürmann, Heidegger’s thinking, topography, philosophical inquiry

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