New Book: The Remains of Being


Interesting new book by Santiago Zabala coming out – The Remains of Being: Hermeneutic Ontology After Metaphysics – might be related to our discussion of Braver’s book (and general public), here’s a Columbia blurb:

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 operate.

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.

Here’s also an interview with Zabala that looks interesting.

7 thoughts on “New Book: The Remains of Being

  1. I’m really looking forward to reading this. Zabala’s a sharp guy and the topic looks really interesting.

  2. Being is an event, Zabala argues, a kind of generosity and gift that generates astonishment in those who experience it.

    Does this imply that there are those who somehow don’t experience being and aren’t astonished?

    While I think a thousand flowers should bloom, and you can’t judge a book from the cover, from that blurb this book seems like another in a long line of Heideggerian scholarship that only seeks to obfuscate and poeticize Heideggerian philosophy instead of reeling it into common sense.

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