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Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback (ed.), Reiner Schürmann, ...: Heidegger's De(con)struction of Metaphysics

Reiner Schürmann, Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback (ed.), Francesco Guercio (ed.)

Heidegger's De(con)struction of Metaphysics

Softcover, 144 pages

Date of publication: 31.10.2022

In Being and Time, Heidegger announced the “Task of Destroying the History of Ontology” in order to free what had remained “unthought” in Western metaphysics. The unpublished part of that work was to be titled “Basic Features of a Phenomenological Destruction of the History of Ontology. According to the Guiding Thread of the Problem of Temporality.” This latest work in the Reiner Schürmann Selected Writings and Lecture Notes series aims to carry out Heidegger’s plan. The destruction, or, as it is later called, the deconstruction of metaphysics, has a negative side—the peeling off, or the archeology, of metaphysical history by means of the guiding thread of the question of Being—and a positive side—“retrieval” of the original experience of Being in ancient Greek philosophy.

“The destruction has no other intent than to win back the original experience of metaphysics through a deconstruction of those conceptions which have become current and empty.” The purpose of taking to pieces the fabric of Western metaphysics is to show how at each important stage “the question of the meaning of Being has not only remained unattended to or inadequately raised, but that it has become quite forgotten in spite of all our interest in 'metaphysics'.”

  • phenomenology
  • metaphysics
  • deconstruction
  • Heidegger
  • ontology

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Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback

is Full professor of Philosophy at Södertörn University (Sweden). Among her books and articles, she is the author in English of Time in Exile: In conversation with Heidegger, Blanchot and Clarice Lispector (2020), Philosophy Today, special issue of the journal History Today, co-ed. with Jean-Luc Nancy (2017), The End of the World, co-ed. w. Susanna Lindberg (2017), Dis-orientations: Philosophy, literature and the lost grounds of modernity, co-ed. with Tora Lane (2015), Being with the Without, co-ed w. Jean-Luc Nancy (2013). She is also the Brazilian translator of Heidegger’s Being and Time and other philosophical and poetical works.

Francesco Guercio

is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. His doctoral research has focused on late Reiner Schürmann’s published works and unpublished lecture notes—which he is also translating into Italian.
Reiner Schürmann

Reiner Schürmann

(1941–93) was a German philosopher. He was born in Amsterdam and lived in Germany, Israel, and France before immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, where he was professor and director of the Department of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of three books on philosophy: Heidegger on Being and Acting, Wandering Joy, and Broken Hegemonies. Origins is his only work of fiction. He never wrote nor published in his native German.
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