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What is Metaphysics?: Epilogue

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823222551.003.0022

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

What is Metaphysics?:                 Epilogue

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This chapter considers the famous Epilogue of “What is Metaphysics?”. The Epilogue is a reply to the critics who had claimed that meditation on Non-being is a pure nihilism; that an acceptance of anxiety as a privileged disposition raises cowardice to the level of a philosophical virtue by which Being is disclosed; and that the critique of logic is a renunciation of all rigorous thought. In the Epilogue, Non-being is but a veil of Being, which discloses itself as Non-being through anxiety of There, for which it calls the tune. However, there are other types of attunement by which Being can disclose itself as Bounty, Bestowal, Graciousness, and Grace.

Keywords: Epilogue; What is Metaphysics; thought; Non-being; attunement

Chapter.  3978 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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