In Basic Concepts, Heidegger claims that "Being is the
most worn-out" and yet also that Being "remains constantly
available." Santiago Zabala radicalizes the consequences of these
little known but significant affirmations. Revisiting the work of
Jacques Derrida, Reiner Schürmann, Jean-Luc Nancy, Hans-Georg
Gadamer, Ernst Tugendhat, and Gianni Vattimo, he finds these
remains of Being within which ontological thought can still
Being is an event, Zabala argues, a kind of generosity and gift
that generates astonishment in those who experience it. This sense
of wonder has fueled questions of meaning for centuries-from Plato
to the present day. Postmetaphysical accounts of Being, as
exemplified by the thinkers of Zabala's analysis, as well as by
Nietzsche, Dewey, and others he encounters, don't abandon Being.
Rather, they reject rigid, determined modes of essentialist thought
in favor of more fluid, malleable, and adaptable conceptions,
redefining the pursuit and meaning of philosophy itself.
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