Force and metaphysics in Heidegger

Connors, Clare (2009) Force and metaphysics in Heidegger. Parallax, 15 (2). pp. 15-26. ISSN 1353-4645

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Heidegger is a thinker of force; and yet his fundamental proposition about force is that it cannot be an object for thought. The challenge he articulates and confronts is how to render force without traducing it a priori. In what follows I trace the vicissitudes of this adventure of thought and writing from the early critique of Cartesian physics and metaphysics in Sein und Zeit, through the detailed analysis of Aristotelian dunamis in Von Wesen und Wirklichkeit der Kraft, to the rhetoric of Kraft and Gewalt in the later work on poetry and the university. My aim is twofold: to establish what force ‘is’ for Heidegger, and to ask whether Heidegger succeeds in his aim to think force without reifying it as a present object.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: heidegger ,martin,force,descartes,aristotle,humour
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Modern and Contemporary Writing Research Group
Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Creative-Critical Research Group
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Dec 2014 15:44
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2023 15:31
DOI: 10.1080/13534640902792986

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