Friday, July 24, 2009
Interview with Santiago Zabala (Columbia UP).
Zabala, Santiago. The Remains of Being: Hermeneutic Ontology after Metaphysics. New York: Columbia UP, 2009. In sum, the goal of this book is to expose the remains of Being after Heidegger’s destruction of metaphysics in contemporary philosophy. The greatest achievements of this destruction are, first, the revelation that Being has always been described as a present object in its presentness and, second, the realization that it is not possible to definitively overcome this objective interpretation without falling back into another descriptive interpretation. In this condition, where metaphysics cannot be “überwinden,” (overcome, meaning a complete abandonment of the problem) but can only be “verwinden” (surpassed, alluding to the way one surpasses a major disappointment not by forgetting it but by coming to terms with it) it is necessary to start interpreting Being through its remains, which is a concept that maintains metaphysics in such a way to also overcome it. . . . Read the full interview here: http://cup.columbia.edu/static/zabala-interview-the-remains-of-being.