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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941$
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Ingo Farin and Jeff Malpas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034012

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034012.001.0001

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On the Philosophical Reading of Heidegger: Situating the Black Notebooks

On the Philosophical Reading of Heidegger: Situating the Black Notebooks

(p.3) 1 On the Philosophical Reading of Heidegger: Situating the Black Notebooks
Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Jeff Malpas

The MIT Press

No text interprets itself, and every text presents questions as to how it is to be read and how it is to be situated so as to enable that reading. This is no less true of Heidegger’s Black Notebooks than of any other text. This chapter examines the hermeneutical issues surrounding the reading of the Black Notebooks (more specifically the Überlegungen or Considerations) as well as of Heidegger’s work more generally. The chapter does this, first, by looking to the complexities of reading itself, and especially the reading of a thinker such as Heidegger, and, second, by looking more specifically at the Notebooks as they stand in relation to the broader development of Heidegger’s thinking, and especially as they might relate to the “topological” character of that thinking. The aim is thus to provide a more hermeneutically nuanced approach to the Notebooks that is attentive to the complexities that they present both for the reading of Heidegger and for thinking more generally.

Keywords:   hermeneutics, reading, biography, authorship, topology, ethics, responsibility, philosophical understanding, thinking, failure

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