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Heidegger’s Shadow

Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn

By Chad Engelland

© 2017 – Routledge

276 pages

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About the Book

Heidegger’s Shadow is an important contribution to the understanding of Heidegger’s ambivalent relation to transcendental philosophy. Its contention is that Heidegger recognizes the importance of transcendental philosophy as the necessary point of entry to his thought, but he nonetheless comes to regard it as something that he must strive to overcome even though he knows such an attempt can never succeed. Engelland thoroughly engages with major texts such as Kant and the Problem of Metaphysics, Being and Time, and Contributions and traces the progression of Heidegger’s readings of Kant and Husserl to show that Heidegger cannot abandon his own earlier breakthrough work in transcendental philosophy. This book will be of interest to those working on phenomenology, continental philosophy, and transcendental philosophy.

Reviews

"Written with a sure-handed command of Heidegger’s corpus and the historical context of his thinking, Heidegger’s Shadow makes a powerful case for its persisting transcendental character. In the process Engelland’s remarkable study manages to offer not only a way out of a current impasse among reigning interpretations of Heidegger’s mature thought but also a compelling account of its singular strengths and weaknesses. Tightly and lucidly argued, this book is scholarship at its finest, a major contribution to understanding the promise of Heidegger’s later writings." —Daniel O. Dahlstrom, Boston University, USA, author of Heidegger’s Concept of Truth

"Chad Engelland’s provocative and carefully researched book is the most sustained treatment to date of the role that transcendental philosophy plays throughout Heidegger’s path of thinking. Tracing the early Heidegger’s fascination with transcendental phenomenology as the key to his enduring question—above all, in close readings of Husserl and Kant—Engelland goes on to show how Heidegger’s subsequent attempt to ‘jump over his shadow’ and escape transcendentalism was both necessary and impossible. In the tension between these two modalities, Engelland finds the basis for a positive appropriation of Heidegger’s project that does not lose itself in false dichotomies between ‘early’ and ‘late’ periods." —Steven Crowell, Rice University, USA, author of Normativity and Phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger and coeditor of Transcendental Heidegger

"With Heidegger’s Shadow Chad Engelland has given us the best book in any language on the transcendental in Heidegger. Deftly argued and clearly written, this path-breaking work tracks that crucial issue from Being and Time through the two Kant books and the complex potpourri that is Contributions to Philosophy. One needn’t agree with everything in this text to realize that it puts us in the presence of a first-rate philosophical mind." —Thomas Sheehan, Stanford University, USA, author of Making Sense of Heidegger: A Paradigm Shift

"In this careful study, Chad Engelland makes the case that the transcendental questions pursued in Being and Time were not simply abandoned in Heidegger’s later work, but were transformed into an inquiry into fundamental dispositions—ways in which we find ourselves thrust into an ‘affective transcendence’ appropriate to our historical juncture. Engelland tells an insightful story about the continuity of Heidegger’s thought while shedding light on many of its essential impulses." —Richard Polt, Xavier University, USA, author of The Emergency of Being: On Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy’

"Few scholars have taken up the transcendental character of Heidegger’s thought in as thorough or rigorous a fashion as has Chad Engelland. Heidegger’s Shadow not only makes a powerful case for the continuing significance of the transcendental (and so also of Kant as well as Husserl) throughout Heidegger’s thinking, but also shows why the transcendental, even if it is not all that philosophy is, nevertheless remains an essential part of it." —Jeff Malpas, University of Tasmania, Australia, author of Heidegger’s Topology: Being, Place, World and coeditor of Transcendental Heidegger

"Engelland’s study is one of the most comprehensive treatments of Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant that is available, and is a must-read for scholars interested in this subject and in the question of Heidegger’s relationship to transcendental philosophy." —Leslie MacAvoy,East Tennessee State University, USA

Table of Contents

Introduction: Method and Motivation

Part I: The Shadow is Cast

1. Being and Time (1927)

2. The Kant Book (1929)

Part II: The Attempt to Jump Over the Shadow

3. The Revised Kant Book (1935–1936)

4. The Contributions (1936–1938)

Conclusion: The Finitude of Philosophy

About the Author

Chad Engelland is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University Dallas in Irving, Texas. He is the author of Ostension: Word Learning and the Embodied Mind and The Way of Philosophy: An Introduction.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI018000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology
PHI045000
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Transcendentalism