Thursday, November 05, 2015
In NDPR Matthew C. Halteman reviews Judith Wolfe, Heidegger and Theology.
In advising students on navigating the wilds of Heidegger scholarship, I provisionally characterize the field as encompassing work that falls at various places along four main spectra. There's the archival/conceptual spectrum, which spans the divide between mining raw materials from unpublished manuscripts and constructing and defending theories of, say, non-mentalistic intentionality or authenticity. There's the booster/detractor spectrum, stretched taut between Heidegger's faithful acolytes on one side and his virulent critics on the other. There's the historical/contemporary spectrum, which unfolds between explaining what mattered to Heidegger and his interlocutors, on one hand, and adapting their problems, methods, and insights to present-day concerns on the other. And there's the pragmatism/mysticism spectrum, along which Heidegger's work is framed, at the near end, primarily in terms of his "early" emphasis on coping resolutely with the anxiety of finite existence, and, at the far end, primarily in terms of his "later" emphasis on "letting beings be" -- mindfully releasing the world from our rapacious reduction of it to consumable resources.
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