•  50
    Thinking in Ruins: Life, Death, and Destruction in Heidegger's Early Writings
    Comparative and Continental Philosophy 4 (1). 2012.
    The essay provides an interpretation of the specific concept of ”ruinance” (Ruinanz), as this is introduced and developed by Heidegger in his 1921/22 lecture series on ”Phenomenological Interpretations of Aristotle” (GA 61). Instead of accepting this subsequently abandoned concept as a marginal excursus on Heidegger’s part, the interpretation uses it as a lever to explore the interconnectedness of intentionality, falling, destruction, history and finitude, and also the proclaimed necessity of so…Read more
  •  40
    Thinking Through the Prism of Life
    Foundations of Science 18 (2): 387-392. 2013.
    The article provides an overview of the argument in Robert Scharff’s paper “Displacing epistemology: Being in the midst of technoscientific practice” (Scharff 2011), focusing on his central objective, to articulate a hidden ground of the current controversies in the philosophy of science and technology studies, between objectivism and constructivism, through a deeper confrontation with Heidegger’s legacy. The commentary addresses two aspects of Scharffs argument that deserve to be developed furt…Read more
  •  37
    Anamnemic subjectivity: new steps toward a hermeneutics of memory
    Continental Philosophy Review 48 (2): 197-216. 2015.
    The topic and theme of memory has occupied an ambiguous position in phenomenological and hermeneutic thinking from the start, at once central and marginalized. Parallel to and partly following upon the general turn toward collective and cultural memory in the human and social sciences over the last decades, the importance of memory in and for phenomenological and hermeneutic theory has begun to emerge more clearly. The article seeks to untangle the reasons for the ambiguous position of this them…Read more
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    The Ethics of Deconstruction
    Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal 17 (1-2): 429-436. 1994.
    In a letter to Heidegger in 1946, Jean Beaufret declared that for a long time he had sought to specify the relation between ontology and a possible ethics. In his response, which would eventually be published as the “Letter on Humanism,” Heidegger first recalls that right after the publication of Being and Time a student asked him when he would publish his book on ethics. Beaufret’s remark and the recollection of this question leads Heidegger to develop what is probably his most explicit stateme…Read more
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    The article provides a new interpretation of the most widely cited essay on historical consciousness, Friedrich Nietzsche?s?On the use and abuse of history for life? from 1874, reconnecting it to current debates in educational science and the role of the historian and educator in a post-colonial situation. It reminds us how historical consciousness is an always contested and critical space, where our existential commitment to justice is also tested. The interpretation moves beyond the standard u…Read more
  •  11
    Speaking to the dead historicity and the ancestral
    Danish Yearbook of Philosophy 48 115-137. 2013.
  •  10
    The Rhythm of Time
    In Lars Kleberg, Tora Lane & Marcia Sá Cavalcante Shuback (eds.), Words, Bodies, Memory: A Festschrift in honor of Irina Sandomirskaja, . pp. 153-158. 2019.
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    Nietzsche and the Aesthetics of Philosophy
    Nietzsche Studien 50 (1): 320-328. 2021.
    The review discusses four recent books and collections that approach in different ways the role of aesthetics in Nietzsche’s work, both as a question of poetic expression and as the shaping of sensibility. They testify to a deepening interest in the processes through which he forged his unique style. This involves micro-analyses of the composition of Nietzsche’s writings from the raw material of his notebooks. It also involves biographical and material contexts, as in Tobias Brücker’s monograph …Read more
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    Philosophy, Socrates declared, is the art of dying. This book underscores that it is also the art of learning to live and share the earth with those who have come before us. Burial, with its surrounding rituals, is the most ancient documented cultural-symbolic practice: all humans have developed techniques of caring for and communicating with the dead. The premise of Being with the Dead is that we can explore our lives with the dead as a cross-cultural existential a priori out of which the basic…Read more
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    Metaphysics, Facticity, Interpretation: Phenomenology in the Nordic Countries (edited book)
    with Dan Zahavi and Sara Heinämaa
    Kluwer Academic Publishers. 2003.
    The past decade has witnessed a notable turn in philosophical orientation in the Nordic countries. For the first time, the North has a generation of philosophers who are oriented to phenomenology. This means a vital rediscovery of the phenomenological tradition as a partly hidden conceptual and methodological resource for taking on contemporary philosophical problems. The essays collected in the present volume introduce the reader to the phenomenological work done in the Nordic countries today. …Read more
  •  3
    Meaning, Understanding and the Hermeneutic Situation
    with M. Heidegger
    In D. Prawitz (ed.), Meaning and Interpretation, Konferenser. pp. 55--253. 2002.
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    The vampire, the undead and the anxieties of historical consciousness
    with Claudia Lindén
    In Stefan Helgesson & Jayne Svenungsson (eds.), The Ethos of History: Time and Responsibility, Berghahn Books. 2018.
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    Leibniz and Heidegger on Sufficient Reason
    Studia Leibnitiana 30 (1): 49-67. 1998.
    Die philosophische Begegnung zwischen Leibniz und Martin Heidegger - von Heidegger wahrend seines Denkwegs in verschiedenen Formen inszeniert - hat für die Definition der Philosophie und des philosophischen Denkens eine ausgezeichnete Bedeutung. Der bekannte Vorwurf Heideggers an Leibniz, Begründer einer kalkulierenden Vernunft zu sein, die die Moderne eingefangen hat, steht gegen den nicht weniger verbreiteten Verdacht, Heidegger selbst sei wiederum doch des Verrats am Ethos philosophischer Ver…Read more
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    Saying Amen to the Light of Dawn: Nietzsche on Praise, Prayer, and Affirmation
    Nietzsche Studien (1973) 48 (1): 99-116. 2019.
    This article addresses the role and meaning of prayer as well as the language of piety and praise in Nietzsche’s writings, notably in Zarathustra. This essay was first presented as a talk in German at the 2017 Nietzsche colloquium in Sils Maria, the theme of which was “Zarathustra und Dionysos”. In preparing it for a publication in English, the argument has been reworked and expanded and references have been added, while partly preserving the tone and structure of the oral delivery. I am gratefu…Read more
  • Kommentar till deduktionen
    with Daniel Birnbaum
    Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 3. 1992.
  • Den fenomenologiska reduktionen
    Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 2. 2001.
  • Mening, förståelse och den hermeneutiska situationen
    Norsk Filosofisk Tidsskrift 2. 1999.
  • Bio-logies of being : on human and animal life in Heidegger and beyond
    In Ingo Farin & Jeff Malpas (eds.), Heidegger and the Human, State University of New York Press. 2022.