The holy (Being-as-the-holy) is a distinctive theme in Heidegger’s work that is perhaps well-known to readers, yet not attended to sufficiently in contemporary Heidegger studies. The essays in this volume, authored by an international group of scholars, offer readers an opportunity to consider the many dimensions and possibilities of the notion of “the holy” (das Heilige) in his thinking.
The authors in this volume document the multiple texts and contexts of Heidegger’s discussions of the holy, and they offer detailed readings and their own particular interpretations and applications. The chapters, taken together, make a significant contribution not only to Heidegger scholarship but also to our understanding of our fundamental human situation in relation to Being-as-the holy.
Richard Capobianco is professor of philosophy and Meehan Humanities Scholar at Stonehill College. He has published three books Engaging Heidegger, Heidegger’s Way of Being, and the forthcoming Heidegger's Being: The Shimmering Unfolding, and numerous articles and reviews on Heidegger. He has also collaborated on translations and research into archival material.
Introduction: Dwelling in Nearness to the Holy by Richard Capobianco
Notes on the Text and Heidegger’s Gesamtausgabe
Chapter 1: The Holy in Heidegger: The Open Clearing as Excess and Abyss by
John W.M. Krummel
Chapter 2: The Unsayable Mystery of the Holy: Hölderlin’s Late Poetry by Sazan Kryeziu
Chapter 3: The Divine as the Origin of the Work of Art by Lawrence Berger
Chapter 4: Poetic Colors of the Holy: Heidegger on Pindar and Trakl by Ian Alexander Moore
Chapter 5: Tracing the Holy in Heidegger’s Hölderlin’s Hymns “Germania” and “The Rhine” by Elias Schwieler
Chapter 6: Heidegger and the Question and the Need of the Holy by Holger Zaborowski
Chapter 7: Through Being to the Holy: Learning to Ask the Question of Being by Joeri Schrijvers
Chapter 8: The Holy in Heidegger’s Reading of Greek Tragedy: Necessity, Measure, and Law by James M. Magrini
Chapter 9: Retrieving and Constructing a Spatial-Phenomenology of the Holy in the Early Heidegger by Paul Downes
This is a beautiful book. It takes up an aspect of Heidegger’s work that is highly poetic and, in its poetry, evocative of a sense of astonishment and awe before the divine. Of course, it is a work of philosophy, but the essays, in addition to being well written, use a rigorous interrogation of the concept of the Holy to also evoke a sense of peaceful wonder.