Mission impossible? Thinking what must be thought in Heidegger and Deleuze

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    In this paper, I discuss and compare the (im)possibility of thinking that which
    is most worth our thought in Deleuze’s What Is Philosophy? (1994) and
    Heidegger’s course lectures in What Is Called Thinking? (2004). Both authors
    criticize the history of philosophy in similar ways in order to reconsider what
    should be taken as the nature and task of philosophical thinking. For
    Deleuze, true thinking is the creation of concepts, but what is most worth our
    thought in fact cannot be thought. For Heidegger, Being calls on us think,
    and to think rightly is to be underway toward thinking itself, a grateful
    heeding of Being. In this paper I explore the very possibility to think that
    which is most worth our thought. I will argue that although for both authors
    proper thinking as such is possible, thinking what is most worth our thought
    seems remarkably both possible as impossible.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)336-354
    Number of pages19
    JournalMeta: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Practical Philosophy
    Issue number2
    Early online date25-Dec-2013
    Publication statusPublished - 25-Dec-2013


    • Heidegger
    • Deleuze
    • philosophical thinking
    • being
    • presence
    • immanence

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