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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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The Existence of the Black Notebooks in the Background

The Existence of the Black Notebooks in the Background

(p.109) 8 The Existence of the Black Notebooks in the Background
Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Laurence Paul Hemming

The MIT Press

This chapter situates Heidegger’s Black Notebooks in relation to his own continued reflections on his central work, Being and Time. It suggests that this relation is essential for any understanding of either what the Black Notebooks themselves contain, or for the sake of Heidegger’s self-understanding. To do this the chapter describes two things: one is the relation of Heidegger’s public face – his books and published articles and lectures, his university lectures and seminars, and then the very substantial body of private material – the Ereignis series of notebooks (many now published as books) from the 1936-38 Contributions to 1946, and the volumes of notes on Hölderlin, technology, etc. The chapter traces the relation between the composition of Heidegger’s texts and both their release into the public domain in German (which hid many issues, or under-emphasised some and over-emphasised others) and the relationship of this to the again different order in which all these works have been translated. Again, the aim is to allow the Black Notebooks to be situated in the history of the reception of Heidegger. Finally the chapter focuses on the actual concerns Heidegger had in thinking – the understanding of being and becoming, or presence, presencing and the various meanings of the term Dasein that continue to underpin his work right until the very end.

Keywords:   Dasein/Da-sein, Being, Sein/Seyn, translation, metaphysics

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