Benjamin provides new and important readings of key canonical texts in the history of philosophy in his sustained philosophical reworking of ontology. Amongst texts included are Hegel's Difference Essay and the Shorter Logic and Heidegger's Time and Being and The Question of Being. The effective presence of ontology, defined as `an original difference', will be familiar to readers of his earlier writings. This book represents his most thorough and original contribution to contemporary philosophy to date.
`In a set of illuminating and provacative readings of Descartes, Hegel and Heidegger, Benjamin demonstrates that to think philosophically means to rework philosophy, to deploy it anew, each time as if for the first time, in the abeyance of traditions. Through multifaceted and profound analyses, this book explores the ontological and temporal consequences of such an approach to thinking for philosophy, and seeks to reconceive it in terms of singularity and an ontology of the event.' - Professor Rodolphe Gasche