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Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis) [Heidegger's] greatest work essential for all collections Choice students of Heidegger will surely find this book indispensable Library JournalContributions to Philosophy From Enowning, written inand first published inas Beitrage zur Philosophie Vom Ereignis, is Heidegger's most groundbreaking work after the publication of Being and Time inIf Being and Time is perceived as undermining modern metaphysics, Contributions undertakes to reshape the very project of thinking

10 thoughts on “Beiträge zur Philosophie (Vom Ereignis)

  1. David Allcott David Allcott says:

    This is an extraordinary book in many ways. The depth of phenomenological insight is shocking. What it says is really deep but reachable - and every sentence requires thinking. Whereas, at times, Being and Time, seems ambiguous (he claims purposefully), in Contributions he always bold and clear. Of course one need be meticulous about his use of terms - some of which are only fully disclosed in his earlier and contemporary lecture texts.

    It ties together much of his major work in Being and Time, the 'Kant book', Introduction to Metaphysics, and Metaphysical Foundations of Logic. In order to promote correct understanding I recommend reading those first. I started reading Contributions once before without doing the 'ground' work, and found myself just making stuff up. [Warning: Heidegger humor is rare, dry, and droll.]

    'Contributions' provides the pivot point to the later Heidegger, which if taken in isolation or out of context seems like mysticism and (pretty bad) poetry. But if you are rigorous in following his thinking the rigor and clarity is there and worth the trouble. Written in 1937, and withheld from publication until 1989, he also hints at some writings to come.

    In my hints here of what the book is about, this review uses fuzzy, non-rigorous terminology in an effort to convey some sense of the matter of the text. Please pardon the effort. Contributions is a preparatory exercise in questioning how being reveals itself to us. It starts by revealing the hidden foundation in our western tradition of thinking being as some kind of thing, or as given by virtue of some super thing. From the first beginning of western civilization we and our culture has been dominated by various interpretations of the kind of thing that being is. (Greek, whooshing into presence; Scholasticism, creation by a supreme being; Cartesian, objects available to our subjective mind,...) This historical understanding of being is now bankrupt; we moderns live in the abandonment of being. And critically mostly we don't even know it, can't see that it has occurred, and this is a problem. We don't even experience the distress of this abandonment of being.

    Heidegger reveals a new possibility, or understanding of being, a non-metaphysical understanding of being available that is available to us.

    Contributions is a pathway to this other beginning, new understanding of being as the swaying of be-ing, named enowning. But our history casts a long shadow, and all our thinking, saying, and writing are sourced in the first beginning. How do we enact the crossing, to this new understanding of being, given our current grounding is in the first beginning?

    In the age of infinite needing that originates according to the hidden distress of no-distress-at-all, this question necessarily has to appear as the most useless jabbering - beyond which one has already and duly gone. Section 4.

    This passage points to the hearing the Echo of the abandonment of being. Echo is one of the six pathways, to be enacted in the crossing.

    This book is written from inside the swaying of being as enowning, and outlines pathways to that new understanding. The symbol be-ing is used to represent the new 'more comprehensive', non-metaphysical possibility. Enowning is the name for the swaying of be-ing as we cross to the new beginning for understanding being.

    Kudos to translators Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly.

    Let me know when you finish

  2. Cameron Cameron says:

    The stormy skies of a mind approaching greatness. Contributions is where Heidegger secures his legacy and initiates the turning to Being as event that defines his enigmatic later work. This book contains loosely structured meditations on the history of Being, space and time and the being-there that constitutes the foundation of human reality. In other words, the sort of discussions that are guaranteed to clear a room.

    This is serious stuff, even for a Heidegger enthusiast. Working through the total collection of meditations took two months of intense daily reading and I still haven't wrapped my head around some of the nuances. But this struggle is largely familiar for the sort of insane individual willing to swim in the weird waters of Heidegger's phenomenology.

    Contributions has Big H reaching deep into pre-metaphysical thought to dismantle the Platonic conception of Being as universal beingness. Along the way, he stops to punch holes in the phenomenology of space-time and bemoan the advancing technological age. But the centerpiece of the book, as much as there can be one, is his great offering to philosophy: the vision of Being as the event of appropriation where Dasein grounds a there as the open region, or clearing, where self-concealing beings arise.

  3. Alex Obrigewitsch Alex Obrigewitsch says:

    My favorite Heidegger. What to say (What can I say?)?
    The leap attempted; the openning of the space beyond and yet anterir to philosophy as we know it, into that which is and is not philosophy.
    I need to re-read this. These words will ever remain on my tongue.

  4. Ahmed Ahmed says:

    THE book.

  5. Thomas Romer Thomas Romer says:


    This new translation chooses the term 'event' to translate the German concept 'Ereignis' over what would have been my preferred choice of 'propriation'.

    This disagreement aside, and the strengths or weaknesses of the present translation over the older one notwithstanding, this monograph pinpoints the fact that, like Friedrich Nietzsche, the German professor of philosophy Martin Heidegger is a global thinker whose thought will inspire others to make the leap into thinking and become creators in their own right.

    Contributions to Philosophy is not an impossible read, but requires a high degree of thoughtfulness, which one must fight tooth and nail to achieve in our distracted times.

    In the shortest possible way, I would say that Contributions is a preparation for a redefinition of man's essence, away from the calculating rational animal to Dasein, the being who grounds the there.

    Time and space, for Heidegger, can only be adequately grasped in terms of Dasein and this is because metaphysics, in light of the death of the Christian moral god, is at an end in the sense that it has reached its fulfilment as well as power of illumination.

    It is now time for the 'other' thinking whose nature Heidegger will describe in the two sequels to Contributions: Mindfulness and The Event.

    What, ultimately, is Heidegger's contribution to Western thought?

    I would say that Heidegger's contribution lies in decisively bringing metaphysics as metaphysics to light and to completion, something Nietzsche wanted to happen but was unable to achieve himself (no thinker can leap over his own shadow), and thereby create the spiritual conditions necessary for a few individuals here and there across the globe to assert themselves in their naked creativity, 'beyond good an evil', in the absolving releasement of being let and of letting be otherwise known as freedom.

  6. Tony Tony says:

    Heidegger on the cusp of greatness, necessary reading to really get into Mindfulness.

  7. Jeffrey Rubard Jeffrey Rubard says:

    Parvis Emad and Kenneth Maly's translation of Martin Heidegger's Beiträge zur Philosophie, sketches of a planned work from 1936-1938, is an erroneous approach to a fascinating topic. The Beiträge is something like Heidegger's Philosophical Investigations, an exploratory approach to re-opening topics he addressed in Being and Time in a vastly changed framework; published only with Heidegger's cenentary in 1989, it has not yet received the serious attention it merits. Part of the reason is this initial translation, published in 1999; Heidegger's language in the Beiträge is highly challenging but Emad and Maly's addiction to grammar-bending neologisms like enowning (Ereignis, literally translated as happening) renders their text nearly unusable. Translators do have a considerable amount of poetic license, but an adequate translation must be recognizable as an instance of the target language and two decades on this is not. (My remarks are based on a reading of the German text; there is a more recent translation from Richard Rojcewicz and Daniela Vallega-Neu which aims for more literality, but I have not seen it.)

  8. Tijmen Lansdaal Tijmen Lansdaal says:

    I could write a ton of books on this one, but I'm afraid that most of them will be a pain to read: I've kinda lost 'faith' in Heidegger here. Sadly, I'm beginning to see consistencies in his philosophy that are utterly dull and uninteresting to me.

  9. Paul Paul says:

    Ah man, just seeing the title of this book stresses me out, years later! I wrote my PhD dissertation on this thing and actually cannot recommend it to anyone. The Beiträge is, essentially, a failed experiment that shows the limitations of Heidegger's project.

  10. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis Nathan "N.R." Gaddis says:

    If anyone knows why a second translation was made a mere 10 years after the first, and that the first wasn't merely revised. . . Anyone?

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