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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 Black Notebooks and Heidegger’s Writings on the Event (1936–1942)

The Black Notebooks and Heidegger’s Writings on the Event (1936–1942)

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Reading Heidegger's Black Notebooks 1931-1941

Daniela Vallega-Neu

The MIT Press

This Chapter traces the relation between Heidegger’s Black Notebooks between 1932 and 1941 and his non-public writings on the event between 1936 and 1941 (the latter starting with Contributions to Philosophy [GA 65] and ending with The Event [GA 71]) in which Heidegger develops his thinking of the history of being. The author argues that the Black Notebooks are less rigorous and less “philosophical” with respect to the kind of thinking Heidegger attempts to develop in his writings of the event. Still, earlier notebooks (1932-36) give some insight into how Heidegger began to develop his “beyng-historical” (seynsgeschichtliches) thinking that finds its first fuller articulation in Contributions to Philosophy, and there are overlaps especially between the Notebooks and the non-public writings of the event between 1938 and 1939 (Besinnung and Geschichte des Seyns). However in in 1941-42, when in Über den Anfang (GA 70), Das Ereignis (GA 71) the attunement of Heidegger’s thinking of the event shifts away from a language of power and resistance, the relation to the Notebooks changes and a clearer gap opens between what and how Heidegger writes in the Notebooks of that time and his writings of the event.

Keywords:   Heidegger, Black Notebooks, The event, History of being, Contributions to Philosophy, Attunement

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