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Heidegger and the Thinking of Place


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Jeff Malpas's Heidegger and the Thinking of Place is a powerful companion volume of essays to his earlier Heidegger's Topology, but can also stand alone as an introduction to the crucial theme of place in Heidegger's work. Especially powerful is the triptych of essays in the third part on nostalgia, death, and truth, which move from the thinking of place to thinking through place. Malpas's ongoing dialogue with Heidegger goes to the heart of both thinker's concerns, and demonstrates Malpas's ability both to discuss complicated questions clearly and to show the complications in what previously appeared clear. -- Stuart Elden, Professor of Political Geography, Durham University Heidegger and The Thinking of Place not only confirms Jeff Malpas as a central interpreter of Heidegger, it reinforces his position as one of the most significant philosophers writing on the concept of place today. Henceforth it will be impossible to work on either 'topos' or 'place' without talking Malpas's writings as the point of departure. Malpas works between and across traditions. If philosophy is to have a future that lifts it beyond the confines of commentary on the one hand or political posturing on the other then it is work by a philosopher such as Jeff Malpas that will show the way. -- Andrew Benjamin, Professor of Critical Theory and Philosophical Aesthetics, Director Research Unit in European Philosophy, Monash University Almost single-handedly, Jeff Malpas has created a new philosophical topic, that of 'place'. Heidegger and the Thinking of Place far exceeds the bounds of Heidegger exegesis. It is a major work by the most original philosopher working in Australasia today. -- Julian Young, Kenan Professor of Humanities, Wake Forest University

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Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Latrobe University. He is the author of Heidegger's Topology: Being, Place, World and Heidegger and the Thinking of Place: Explorations in the Topology of Being, both published by the MIT Press.


A brilliant job....This book constitutes another impressive achievement by Jeff Malpas in reconsidering the importance and sense of place, not only Heidegger's work, but also more broadly in philosophy itself. -Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

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