Xavier University (Cincinnati)
  • Letter from the Editor
    Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 8 5-6. 2018.
  • Meaning, Excess, and Event
    Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual 1 26-53. 2011.
    This paper agrees with Thomas Sheehan that Heidegger inquires into the source of meaning in finite human existence. The paper argues, however, that Sheehan’s paradigm for interpreting Heidegger should be expanded: Heidegger is also concerned with “excess” and “event”. Excess and event are crucial to being and history, as Heidegger understands them.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger
    Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 55 (3): 725-728. 1995.
    This collection offers a generous and thought-provoking sample of recent scholarship on Heidegger. Most of the essays take little for granted, and make the effort to sum up the very heart of Heidegger’s project. This makes them suitable for beginners, but by no means restricts them to such an audience: all are rich in detail and contribute to ongoing interpretive controversies, as is typical of the fine Cambridge Companion series. A good number of the essays cast Heidegger’s thought in terms suc…Read more
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    Besinnung. Gesamtausgabe (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 54 (1): 145-146. 2000.
    This is the second volume to be published in Division III of Heidegger’s collected works, which is devoted to texts never before presented to the public, either in print or as lectures. The first such was volume 65, Beiträge zur Philosophie —a crucial text from 1936–8 which appeared in 1989. Besinnung dates from 1938–9, and is a sequel of sorts to the Contributions, for it is rooted in the fundamental experience described in that text: we stand at a juncture between “the first beginning” of West…Read more
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    Peter Trawny’s Heidegger: A Critical Introduction examines the various phases of the philosopher’s thought, with special attention to questions of politics and antisemitism. This review sums up the book and discusses the relevance of Heidegger today for analytic philosophy, Jewish thought, and political philosophy.
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    After Heidegger? (edited book)
    Roman & Littlefield International. 2017.
    This volume presents a survey of critical appropriations of Heidegger’s thought for the 21st century. It includes all the most well-known and respected Heidegger scholars working today and offers a wide range of perspectives in engaging and accessible essays, altogether representing the most comprehensive overview of Heidegger Studies available.
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    Time and Trauma: Thinking Through Heidegger in the Thirties
    Rowman & Littlefield International. 2019.
    Richard Polt takes a fresh approach to Heidegger’s thought during his most politicized period, and works toward a philosophical appropriation of his most valuable ideas. Polt shows how central themes of the 1930s—such as inception, emergency, and the question “Who are we?”—grow from seeds planted in Being and Time and are woven into Heidegger’s political thought. Working with recently published texts, including Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, Polt traces the thinker’s engagement and disengagement f…Read more
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    Heidegger's topical hermeneutics: The Sophist lectures
    Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 27 (1): 53-76. 1996.
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    The Task of Philosophy in the Anthropocene: Axial Echoes in Global Space (edited book)
    with Jon Wittrock
    Rowman & Littlefield International. 2018.
    In its early modern form, philosophy gave a decisive impetus to the science and technology that have transformed the planet and brought on the so-called Anthropocene. Can philosophy now help us understand this new age and act within it? The contributors to this volume take a broad historical view as they reflect on the responsibilities and possibilities for philosophy today.
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    Heidegger and the Nazis
    The Philosophers' Magazine 14 39-40. 2001.
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    Being and Truth (edited book)
    with Gregory Fried
    Indiana University Press. 2010.
    In these lectures, delivered in 1933-1934 while he was Rector of the University of Freiburg and an active supporter of the National Socialist regime, Martin Heidegger addresses the history of metaphysics and the notion of truth from Heraclitus to Hegel. First published in German in 2001, these two lecture courses offer a sustained encounter with Heidegger's thinking during a period when he attempted to give expression to his highest ambitions for a philosophy engaged with politics and the world.…Read more
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    The Burning Cup: Or, Im Anfang war die Tat
    International Journal of Žižek Studies 1 (4). 2007.
    Zizek is right to focus on the element of action in Heidegger's political engagement and to try to develop what I call a traumatic ontology that would supplement Heidegger's thought of the 1930s . However, I draw on Arendt's distinction between work and action to show that both Zizek and Heidegger misunderstand the nature of action. Work can be carried out by a lone, silent creator and normally requires violence; action is necessarily interpersonal and consists of speech, first and foremost. Whe…Read more
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    Review of Andrew Haas, The Irony of Heidegger (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2008 (7). 2008.
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    German Ideology: From France to Germany and Back
    Review of Metaphysics 49 (3): 648-650. 1996.
    Louis Dumont is a distinguished and versatile French social anthropologist. His Homo Hierarchicus examined the Indian caste system; in a series of writings under the general title Homo Aequalis, he has investigated modern European ideology, moving deftly through intellectual history from Aquinas to Schiller, from Adam Smith to Thomas Mann. German Ideology forms part of this general project; it comprises a number of essays, some previously published, centering on the distinctive German understand…Read more
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    The Untranslatable Word? Reflections on Ereignis
    Journal of Chinese Philosophy 41 (3-4): 407-425. 2014.
    According to Heidegger, his key word Ereignis “can no more be translated” than “guiding words” in other languages, such as logos and dao. This essay presents a few reflections on the sense of Ereignis in Heidegger's thought and on the problem of translation. I distinguish three phases in Heidegger's use of the word Ereignis and draw on Paul Ricoeur and John Sallis to establish a view of translation that lies between the extremes of perfect translation and complete untranslatability. I argue that…Read more
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    Propositions on Emergency
    Philosophy Today 59 (4): 587-597. 2015.
    The article defines being and emergency in terms of sense and what exceeds sense: the sense of being implies an excess over sense; an emergency is a clash between sense and excess. The article then argues deductively that, as entities for whom being is an issue, we depend on greater and lesser emergencies thanks to which entities become accessible. Emergencies reshape the possible, the past, and the present; they call for emergent thinking, or thinking that is itself undergoing an emergency.
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    Heidegger's Being and Time: Critical Essays (edited book)
    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. 2005.
    Heidegger's Being and Time: Critical Essays provides a variety of recent studies of Heidegger's most important work. Twelve prominent scholars, representing diverse nationalities, generations, and interpretive approaches deal with general methodological and ontological questions, particular issues in Heidegger's text, and the relation between Being and Time and Heidegger's later thought. All of the essays presented in this volume were never before available in an English-language anthology. Two …Read more
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    Introduction to Metaphysics: Second Edition (edited book)
    Yale University Press. 2014.
    This new edition of one of Heidegger’s most important works features a revised and expanded translators’ introduction and an updated translation, as well as the first English versions of Heidegger’s draft of a portion of the text and of his later critique of his own lectures. Other new features include an afterword by Petra Jaeger, editor of the German text. “This revised edition of the translation of Heidegger’s 1935 lectures, with its inclusion of helpful new materials, superbly augments the e…Read more
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    He describes this most private work of Heidegger's philosophy as "a dissonant symphony that imperfectly weaves together its moments into a vast fugue, under the ...
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    Review of Martin Heidegger, Basic Concepts of Aristotelian Philosophy (review)
    Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 2009 (11). 2009.
  • Heidegger: An Introduction
    Routledge. 1998.
    _Heidegger_ is a classic introduction to Heidegger's notoriously difficult work. Truly accessible, it combines clarity of exposition with an authoritative handling of the subject-matter. Richard Polt has written a work that will become the standard text for students looking to understand one of the century's greatest minds.
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    A Companion to Heidegger's "Introduction to Metaphysics" (edited book)
    with Gregory Fried
    Yale University Press. 2001.
    Martin Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics, first published in 1953, is a highly significant work by a towering figure in twentieth-century philosophy. The volume is known for its incisive analysis of the Western understanding of Being, its original interpretations of Greek philosophy and poetry, and its vehement political statements. This new companion to the Introduction to Metaphysics presents an overview of Heidegger’s text and a variety of perspectives on its interpretation from more th…Read more