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Heidegger and the Thinking of Place Explorations in the Topology of Being

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ISBN-10: 0262016842

ISBN-13: 9780262016841

Edition: 2012

Authors: Jeff Malpas

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The ideas of place--topos--runs through Martin Heidegger's thinking almost from the very start. It can be seen not only in his attachment to the famous hut in Todtnauberg but in his constant deployment of topological terms and images and in the situated, "placed" character of his thought and of its major themes and motifs. Heidegger's work, argues Jeff Malpas, exemplifies the practice of "philosophical topology." In Heidegger and the Thinking of Place, Malpas examines the topological aspects of Heidegger's thought and offers a broader elaboration of the philosophical significance of place. Doing so, he provides a distinct and productive approach to Heidegger as well as a new reading of other key figures--notably Kant, Aristotle, Gadamer, and Davidson, but also Benjamin, Arendt, and Camus. Malpas, expanding arguments he made in his earlier book Heidegger's Topology (MIT Press, 2007), discusses such topics as the role of place in philosophical thinking, the topological character of the transcendental, the convergence of Heideggerian topology with Davidsonian triangulation, the necessity of mortality in the possibility of human life, the role of materiality in the working of art, the significance of nostalgia, and the nature of philosophy as beginning in wonder. Philosophy, Malpas argues, begins in wonder and begins in place and the experience of place. The place of wonder, of philosophy, of questioning, he writes, is the very topos of thinking.
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Book details

List price: $47.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: MIT Press
Publication date: 1/27/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 392
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.452
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: The Thinking of Place
Topological Thinking
The Topos of Thinking
The Turning to/of Place
The Place of Topology
Topological Concepts
Ground, Unity, and Limit
Nihilism, Place, and "Position"
Place, Space, and World
Geography, Biology, and Politics
Topological Horizons
Philosophy's Nostalgia
Death and the End of Life
Topology, Triangulation, and Truth
Heidegger in Benjamin's City
The Working of Art
Epilogue: Beginning in Wonder
Notes
Bibliography
Index