Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Third Place reviews Alejandro Vallega's Heidegger and the Issue of Space.
Considering whether a spatial reading of the existential structure of Dasein would rectify the problem within Being and Time, [Vallega] ends up dismissing it, arguing that the withdrawal of spatiality is forced by his transcendental turn, and this is not something that can be changed without altering the whole shape of the work. “Dasein must transcend itself in order to come to its temporality”. If Dasein wishes to be authentically, it must come to terms with its own temporality, ontologically speaking, it must take up a mode of being towards its own death and finitude. An inevitable consequence of this is that spatiality is pushed out.

The solution only arrives, for Vallega, in Heidegger’s later works, where beings are disclosed through both temporality and spatiality. Unconcealment becomes letting something be, to ‘make space’ for it. This new focus allows spatiality to occupy a role it never could have within Being and Time.
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