Seditions: Heidegger and the Limit of Modernity

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SUNY Press, Jun 30, 1997 - Philosophy - 359 pages
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This is the first book-length work by Heribert Boeder to appear in English. The essays brought together here, several of which are to be found only in this volume, bear witness to a new perspective on metaphysics, modernity, and so-called postmodernity. The "seditiousness" of Boeder's undertaking lies in his twofold intention: to explicate what has been thought in metaphysics, modernity, and postmodernity as self-contained, rational totalities--as history, world, and speech, respectively--and by means of those explications to recover dwelling as it has been made visible in the "configurations of wisdom" (for example, in Homer, Paul, and Holderlin). He approaches each of these totalities by way of Heidegger's thought, which marks the limit of modernity and as such is pivotal to Boeder's enterprise.
 

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Contents

Why Being of Beings?
19
The Difference Inherent in the Other Beginning
45
Privilege of Presence
81
Dissensions
91
The Distinction of Reason
101
Which Thinking Makers All the Difference?
111
An End with Distinction
121
WORLD
131
SPEECH
211
On Reasons Interest in Language
213
The Dimension of Submodernity
227
Is Tatalizing Thinking Totalitarian?
241
Judge Contemporary Art?
255
Europe and the Things of Dwelling
265
The Present of Christian sapientia in the Sphere of Speech
275
Access to the Wisdom of the First Epoch
293

Reason in Modern Thought
133
On the Historicity of Man
149
Mortal of Which Death?
161
Action orand Dwelling
169
The Limit of Modernity and Heideggers Legacy
183
Twilight of Modernity
199
Glossaries
319
Works Cited and Abbreviations
327
Publications by Heribert by Boeder
337
Index of Names
342
Index of Subjects
345
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Page xiii - The truth is that, just as in the other imitative arts one imitation is always of one thing, so in poetry the story, as an imitation of action, must represent one action, a complete whole, with its several incidents so closely connected that the transposal or withdrawal of any one of them will disjoin and dislocate the whole. For that which makes no perceptible difference by its presence or absence is no real part of the whole.

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Heribert Boeder is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Osnabruck, in Germany. He is the author of Grund und Gegenwart als Frageziel der fruh-griechischen Philosophie (Ground and Present as the Aim of Early Greek Philosophical Inquiry), Topologie der Metaphysik (Topology of Metaphysics), Das Vernunft-Gefuge der Moderne (The Rational Architectonic of Modernity), and Das Bauzeug der Geschichte (The Constructive Elements of History).

Marcus Brainard is a doctoral candidate in philosophy at the University of Osnabruck.

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