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Heidegger’s Later Philosophy

Heidegger’s later philosophy has often been regarded as a lapse into unintelli-
gible mysticism. While not ignoring its deep and difficult complexities, Julian
Young’s book explains in simple and straightforward language just what it
is all about. It examines Heidegger’s identification of loss of ‘the gods’, the
violence of technology and humanity’s ‘homelessness’ as symptoms of the
destitution of modernity, and his notion that overcoming ‘oblivion of Being’
is the essence of a turning to a post-destitute, genuinely post-modern exis-
tence. Young argues that Heidegger’s conception of such an overcoming is
profoundly fruitful with respect to the ancient quest to discover the nature of
the good life. His book will be an invaluable resource for both students and
scholars of Heidegger’s works.

JULIAN YOUNG is Honorary Research Associate at the University of


Auckland. His publications include Willing and Unwilling: a Study in the
Philosophy of Arthur Schopenhauer (1987), Nietzsche’s Philosophy of Art
(1992), Heidegger, Philosophy, Nazism (1997) and Heidegger’s Philosophy of
Art (2001).

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Heidegger’s Later Philosophy

Julian Young
University of Auckland

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Contents

Acknowledgments ix
List of abbreviations x

Introduction 1
1 Being, truth and metaphysics 5
Truth
being
Being
Metaphysics

2 The ‘destitution’ of modernity 31


The physician of culture
Loss of the gods

3 The essence of modern technology 37


Ancient technology
Modern technology
The festival

4 Dwelling 63
What is dwelling?
Death
The human essence

5 The turning 75
The rejection of Luddism
Natural science

6 Fatalism 83
Quietism?

7 The ethics of dwelling 91


The fourfold
The gods
Conservation and techne

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8 Being a guardian 105


Caring-for ‘earth’
Caring-for ‘sky’
Caring-for ‘gods’
Caring-for ‘mortals’

9 Fostering the growth of the saving Power 122


Love of the neighbour
Cells of resistance

Index 129

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Acknowledgments

I should like to thank Thomas Rohkrämer, Friedrich Voit, Jeff Malpas, Charles
Guignon, Sebastian Gardner, Janny Jonkers, Anja van Polanen Petel, Kathy
Crosier, Rory Spence and Christine Swanton, who, in diverse ways, have made
this a better book than it would otherwise have been. My greatest debt is to
Hubert Dreyfus who took a fine tooth comb through more than one version of
the manuscript. (There remains much, however, with which he would certainly
disagree.)

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Abbreviations

AWP ‘The Age of the World Picture’


QCT ‘The Question concerning Technology’
SR ‘Science and Reflection’
TT ‘The Turning’
all in The Question concerning Technology and other Essays trans.
W. Lovitt (New York: Harper and Row, 1977).
BDT ‘Building Dwelling Thinking’
OWA ‘The Origin of the Work of Art’
PMD ‘. . . Poetically Man dwells . . . ’
T ‘The Thing’
WPF ‘What are Poets for?’
all in Poetry, Language, Thought trans. A. Hofstadter (New York:
Harper and Row, 1971).
ET ‘On the Essence of Truth’
IWM ‘Introduction to “What is Metaphysics” ’
LH ‘Letter on “Humanism” ’
QB ‘On the Question of Being’
all in Pathmarks ed. W. McNeill (Cambridge: Cambridge
University Press, 1998).
LS ‘The call to Labour Service’
OM ‘Overcoming Metaphysics’
S ‘Only a God can save us’: Der Spiegel’s interview with
Martin Heidegger (1966)
all in The Heidegger Controversy ed. R. Wolin (Cambridge:
MIT Press, 1993).
BP The Basic Problems of Phenomenology trans. A. Hofstadter
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988).
BT Being and Time trans. J. Macquarrie and T. Robinson
(Oxford: Blackwell, 1962). Numerals refer to the pagination of
the 7th German edition of Sein und Zeit given by Macquarrie and
Robinson in the margins.

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List of Abbreviations xi

BW Martin Heidegger: Basic Writings ed. D. F. Krell (San Francisco:


Harper and Row, 1977).
D Denkerfahrungen 1910–1976 (Frankfurt-on-Main: Klostermann,
1983).
DK ‘Denken und Kunst’ in Japan und Heidegger – Gedenkschrift der
Stadt Messkirch zum hundertsten Geburtstag Martin Heideggers
(Sigmarinen: J. Thorbecke, 1989) pp. 211–15.
DL ‘A Dialogue on Language’ in On the Way to Language trans.
P. Hertz (New York: Harper and Row, 1971).
DT Discourse on Thinking trans. J. M. Anderson and E. H. Freund
(San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1966).
E Erinnerung an Martin Heidegger ed. G. Neske (Pfullingen:
Neske, 1977).
GA Martin Heidegger: Gesamtausgabe ed. F.-W. von
Herrmann (Frankfurt-on-Main: Klostermann, 1977 and onwards).
Numerals refer to volume numbers from this collected works.
HE ‘Hölderlin and the Essence of Poetry’ in Existence and Being
ed. W. Brock (London: Vision, 1949) pp. 291–315.
HIC Martin Heidegger in Conversation ed. R. Wisser, trans.
B. S. Murthy (New Delhi: Arnold-Heinemann, 1970).
HPA Heidegger’s Philosophy of Art Julian Young (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 2000).
HPN Heidegger, Philosophy, Nazism Julian Young (Cambridge:
Cambridge University Press, 1997).
I Hölderlin’s Hymn ‘The Ister’ trans. W. McNeill and J. Davis
(Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996).
ID Identität und Differenz (Pfullingen: Neske, 1990).
IM An Introduction to Metaphysics trans. R. Mannheim (New Haven:
Yale University Press, 1959).
N Nietzsche, 4 volumes, trans. D. F. Krell (San Francisco:
Harper Collins 1979–82). Roman numerals refer to volume
numbers.
P Parmenides trans. A. Schuwer and R. Rojcewicz (Bloomington:
Indiana University Press, 1992).
TB On Time and Being trans. J. Stambaugh (New York: Harper
and Row, 1972).
VA Vorträge und Aufsätze, 3 vols. (Pfullingen: Neske, 1959).
WCT What is called Thinking? trans. J. G. Gray (New York: Harper
and Row, 1968).

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