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Heidegger: Proximity and Dispersion

Claire Colebrook

in Philosophy and Post-structuralist Theory

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748622276
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671663 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622276.003.0003
Heidegger: Proximity and Dispersion

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This chapter discusses the philosophy of Heidegger. Metaphysics, according to Heidegger, has been a history of forgetting the original question. A series of grounds have been offered: grounds that thought would merely find, discover or re-present. What is not considered is the crucial function of the question in any disclosure of such grounds. The very fact that thought can posit a ground of being demonstrates that thought can go beyond the present and question what grounds the present. The present therefore exceeds itself. By focusing on the metaphysical question Heidegger both extends and ‘destroys’ the Kantian project of transcendental logic.

Keywords: Kant; transcendental logic; metaphysics; question; anthropologism

Chapter.  15474 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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