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Surveying Heidegger's works from the 1927 lectures published as The Basic Problems of Phenomenology (CH, Jul'82) and Sein und Zeit (1927, tr. as Being and Time, 1962) to the later works on humanism, art, and poetry, Sallis (Vanderbilt University) probes the question of what Heidegger himself spells as post-metaphysical thinking. Examining the motifs of time, the sensible, imagination, mortality, understanding, poetry, and translation, Sallis follows the metaphor of the "echo" as the shift from a traditional ontology based on an absolute, intuitional "seeing" to a new otic thinking. His conclusion is that the movement to a new kind of thought follows several irreversible shifts: from metaphysical intuition to listening ecstatically; from light to the echoing voice; from time to the resounding of an echo across a clearing; from "the limit of presence toward what would announce itself without appearing as such" (p. 13). This original sketch of Heidegger's revision of philosophy builds on Sallis's Delimitations--Phenomenology and the End of Metaphysics (CH, Feb '87) and takes into account the Gadamer/Derrida debate, as well as books like David F. Krell's Intimations of Mortality (CH, Dec '86). Index, ample references in footnotes, no bibliography. Recommended for graduate students and faculty. J. M. Rose Goucher College
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