The Overturning

 by on October 15, 2016
Oct 152016

I invite you to read my recently published paper, “The Overturning of Heidegger’s Fundamental Ontology”, in which I interpret “the turn” in Heidegger’s thought as, not a change in topic or style from early to late, but rather the very issue at stake in all the key concepts of his thought. Specifically, I use the examples of temporality, justice, and ontological difference as windows through which we can picture the movement that characterizes die Kehre. But, it is my belief that this movement is not meant to be merely viewed but experienced by the reader following along in Heidegger’s texts. This is most evident in Heidegger’s peculiar use, beginning in the 1930s, of Seyn alongside Sein as the name for being, and it is captured in the eventful character of Ereignis.

I also critically discuss the work of Derrida, Caputo, Sheehan, and Wood in relation to this interpretation.

All this converges on the development of an idea I call the overturning of ontological difference. This is what Heidegger struggled to articulate with all the variations on the Seinsfrage, and it is the reason that there was any “turn” at all in his writing. What is the overturning? How is it related to the occurrence of being and to the “nether side” of difference? What does this tell us about Heidegger scholarship and philosophical practice?

The paper is available in the Journal of Philosophical Research, or you can download the author’s manuscripts here.

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