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Inventing Heidegger’s Fluid Ontology

Inventing Heidegger’s Fluid Ontology Paul Vandevelde. Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning . London: Routledge, 2012. xiv + 202 pp. In Heidegger and the Romantics , Paul Vandevelde traces a parallel between the poetic project of the early romantics (Schlegel, Novalis, and Schleiermacher) and Heidegger’s works of the ’30s and ’40s. Both the romantics, who around 1800 experimented with a new kind of writing and thinking, and Heidegger understood poetry as an “invention” of meaning (15). Vandevelde uses the term “invention” as indicating something similar to what Heidegger calls erdenken or ersagen , i.e., an inventive thinking and saying that neither simply make up new meaning nor address something already there. As Vandevelde puts it, inventing means something “between discovery and fabrication” (22). Vandevelde argues that Heidegger supplies what the early romantics were missing, an ontological project through poetry, and I believe that the main achievement of Vandevelde’s book is his ability to “carve out” (I may even say “invent”) with remarkable scholarship, lucidity, and force an ontology in Heidegger’s thinking of the ’30s and ’40s that addresses things in their being as becoming. In the first part of his book, Vandevelde exposes the project of the romantics, which http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Inventing Heidegger’s Fluid Ontology

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 44 (1): 143 – Mar 26, 2014

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Paul Vandevelde. Heidegger and the Romantics: The Literary Invention of Meaning . London: Routledge, 2012. xiv + 202 pp. In Heidegger and the Romantics , Paul Vandevelde traces a parallel between the poetic project of the early romantics (Schlegel, Novalis, and Schleiermacher) and Heidegger’s works of the ’30s and ’40s. Both the romantics, who around 1800 experimented with a new kind of writing and thinking, and Heidegger understood poetry as an “invention” of meaning (15). Vandevelde uses the term “invention” as indicating something similar to what Heidegger calls erdenken or ersagen , i.e., an inventive thinking and saying that neither simply make up new meaning nor address something already there. As Vandevelde puts it, inventing means something “between discovery and fabrication” (22). Vandevelde argues that Heidegger supplies what the early romantics were missing, an ontological project through poetry, and I believe that the main achievement of Vandevelde’s book is his ability to “carve out” (I may even say “invent”) with remarkable scholarship, lucidity, and force an ontology in Heidegger’s thinking of the ’30s and ’40s that addresses things in their being as becoming. In the first part of his book, Vandevelde exposes the project of the romantics, which

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Published: Mar 26, 2014

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