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Questioning Martin Heidegger

On Western Metaphysics, Bhuddhist Ethics, and the Fate of the Sentient Earth

Eric D. Meyer

In Questioning Martin Heidegger, Martin Heidegger’s “Overcoming Metaphysics” provides the jumping-off point for a wide-ranging critique and deconstruction of Western metaphysics from the Pre-Socratics and Sophists to Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Nietzsche, and Derrida. Besides questioning Martin Heidegger’s controversial relationship with German National Socialism (Nazism) and the Holocaust, Questioning Martin Heidegger also takes off onto diverse topics like the question of being and the problem of nothingness, the birth of subjectivity and the death of God, and the Kehre and the emergence of a global ecological consciousness. Written in straightforward, jargon-free language, Questioning Martin Heidegger will be stimulating and exciting reading for professional scholars and enthusiastic laypersons, philosophy students and the general public. « less more »
University Press of America
Pages: 266Size: 6 3/8 x 9 1/4
978-0-7618-6066-2 • Hardback • February 2013 • $74.00 • (£49.95)
978-0-7618-6067-9 • eBook • February 2013 • $70.00 • (£47.95)
Eric D. Meyer obtained his Ph.D. in English and American literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1991. He is a former assistant professor and independent scholar who has spent the past twenty years studying Martin Heidegger’s “Overcoming Metaphysics.” Meyer is especially interested in the connections between Martin Heidegger’s post-Kehre texts, Zen Buddhism, and environmental philosophy. He is currently working on a study of sovereignty and subjectivity in Western philosophy entitled Maxima Moralia: The Sovereignty of Spirit and the Sacrificial Subject in Western Philosophy.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader
Pretext: The Question of (Non)-Being
Preface: What Is Overcoming Metaphysics?
Chapter I: The End of History, the End(s) of Man: Modernity, Post-Modernity, & Overcoming Metaphysics
Chapter II: The Question of Being: Being & Thinking & The Thinking of Being
Chapter III: The Question of the Subject: Who (…or What?…) is the Subject of Western Metaphysics?
Chapter IV: The Question of Technology: Gestalt & Ge-Stell
Chapter V: The New Epistemological Starting-Point: The Standpoint of Sentience (An Imaginary Interview With The Hypothetical Author)
Chapter VI: Toward a New Ecological World-View: From Western Metaphysical Humanism to Sentient Biosphere Ethics
Post-Script: Final Question(s): The Last God?
Questioning Martin Heidegger is a fresh look at an often overlooked text by Martin Heidegger: ‘Overcoming Metaphysics.’ Those seeking a positive approach to the major Heideggerian themes—the questions of being, of ‘the subject,’ of nihilism, of technology, and of the overcoming of metaphysics—will find much to consider and new avenues for thinking. The book also offers a new perspective on what’s called ‘The Heidegger Controversy’: Martin Heidegger’s involvement with German National Socialism.
Gregory Fried, author of Heidegger’s Polemos: From Being to Politics