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Toward the Later Heidegger

Toward the Later Heidegger 213 Toward the Later Heidegger JOHN D. CAPUTO The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1978, 270 pages. The hope of cutting through the Gordian knot of problems inherited from the tradition so as to make a new beginning is one which has been at the heart of every great philosopher-Husserl, Kant, and Hegel to name but a few. Heidegger too must be counted among the ranks of original philosophers, original not only in that he seeks to go back to the primordial experience of philosophical thought, but original also in that he doesn't simply repeat that beginning. Rather he lets that experience speak in a new, original way. It is with Heidegger, the pioneer, that Professor Caputo is concerned in his book, and he attempts to show that this two-fold originality of Heidegger's overcoming of metaphysics has an analogue in the mysticism of Meister Eckhart. This is not to say that Caputo attempts to make Eckhart into a 14th century Heideggerian, or to make Heidegger into an Eckhartian mystic. Caputo describes the mystical element when he writes: "This likeness of Heidegger to the mystic, this kinship between overcoming metaphysics and the mystical leap, is http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Toward the Later Heidegger

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 12 (1): 213 – Jan 1, 1982

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Brill
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© 1982 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916482X00143
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213 Toward the Later Heidegger JOHN D. CAPUTO The Mystical Element in Heidegger's Thought. Athens: Ohio University Press, 1978, 270 pages. The hope of cutting through the Gordian knot of problems inherited from the tradition so as to make a new beginning is one which has been at the heart of every great philosopher-Husserl, Kant, and Hegel to name but a few. Heidegger too must be counted among the ranks of original philosophers, original not only in that he seeks to go back to the primordial experience of philosophical thought, but original also in that he doesn't simply repeat that beginning. Rather he lets that experience speak in a new, original way. It is with Heidegger, the pioneer, that Professor Caputo is concerned in his book, and he attempts to show that this two-fold originality of Heidegger's overcoming of metaphysics has an analogue in the mysticism of Meister Eckhart. This is not to say that Caputo attempts to make Eckhart into a 14th century Heideggerian, or to make Heidegger into an Eckhartian mystic. Caputo describes the mystical element when he writes: "This likeness of Heidegger to the mystic, this kinship between overcoming metaphysics and the mystical leap, is

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1982

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