Ecstasy, Catastrophe: Heidegger from Being and Time to the Black Notebooks

Ecstasy, Catastrophe: Heidegger from Being and Time to the Black Notebooks

by David Farrell Krell


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Lectures on ecstatic temporality and on Heidegger’s political legacy.

In Ecstasy, Catastrophe, David Farrell Krell provides insight into two areas of Heidegger’s thought: his analysis of ecstatic temporality in Being and Time (1927) and his “political” remarks in the recently published Black Notebooks (1931–1941). The first part of Krell’s book focuses on Heidegger’s interpretation of time, which Krell takes to be one of Heidegger’s greatest philosophical achievements. In addition to providing detailed commentary on ecstatic temporality, Krell considers Derrida’s analysis of ekstasis in his first seminar on Heidegger, taught in Paris in 1964–1965. Krell also relates ecstatic temporality to the work of other philosophers, including Aristotle, Augustine, Kant, Schelling, Hölderlin, and Merleau-Ponty; he then analyzes Dasein as infant and child, relating ecstatic temporality to the “mirror stage” theory of Jacques Lacan.

The second part of the book turns to Heidegger’s Black Notebooks, which have received a great deal of critical attention in the press and in philosophical circles. Notorious for their pejorative references to Jews and Jewish culture, the Notebooks exhibit a level of polemic throughout that Krell takes to be catastrophic in and for Heidegger’s thought. Heidegger’s legacy therefore seems to be split between the best and the worst of thinking—somewhere between ecstasy and catastrophe.

Based on the 2014 Brauer Lectures in German Studies at Brown University, the book communicates the fruits of Krell’s many years of work on Heidegger in an engaging and accessible style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438458267
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 07/02/2016
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 220
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

David Farrell Krell is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at DePaul University and Brauer Distinguished Visiting Professor of German Studies at Brown University.

Table of Contents

Key to Works Cited

Part One. Ecstatic Temporality in Heidegger’s Being and Time (1927)

1. The Ecstases of Time

2. Raptures and Ruptures of Time

3. Ecstasy at the “Other End” of Dasein

4. Dasein Through the Looking-Glass

Interlude: Some Indefensible Ideas About Polemic and Criticism

Part Two. On the Black Notebooks (1931–1941)

5. Does Rescue Also Grow?

6. The Tragedy of the Black Notebooks



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