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Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement
Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement
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Ian Alexander Moore - Author
SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Price: $95.00 
Hardcover - 350 pages
Release Date: November 2019
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7651-3

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Paperback - 350 pages
Release Date: July 2020
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-7652-0

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Provides the first systematic interpretation of Heidegger’s relation to Eckhart, centering on the idea that we must release ourselves in order to know the truth.

In the late Middle Ages the philosopher and mystic Meister Eckhart preached that to know the truth you must be the truth. But how to be the truth? Eckhart’s answer comes in the form of an imperative: release yourself, let be. Only then will you be able to understand that the deepest meaning of being is releasement and become who you truly are. This book interprets Eckhart’s Latin and Middle High German writings under the banner of an imperative of releasement, and then shows how the twentieth-century thinker Martin Heidegger creatively appropriates this idea at several stages of his career. Heidegger had a lifelong fascination with Eckhart, referring to him as “the old master of letters and life.” Drawing on archival material and Heidegger’s marginalia in his personal copies of Eckhart’s writings, Moore argues that Eckhart was one of the most important figures in Heidegger’s philosophy. This book also contains previously unpublished documents by Heidegger on Eckhart, as well as the first English translation of Nishitani Keiji’s essay “Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Meister Eckhart,” which he initially gave as a presentation in one of Heidegger’s classes in 1938.

“Moore’s monograph has many virtues. It is carefully researched and makes contributions to studies of Eckhart and Heidegger independently, as well as to the field of research pertaining to the former’s influence on the latter. Not least among its virtues is the lucidity of its prose and clarity of its argumentation. Moore handles complicated concepts and familiar Heideggerian ambiguities with clarifying precision.” — Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual

“Moore demonstrates the impressively thorough, careful, and creative research conducted in the formation of the book … For scholars of Heidegger and Eckhart, Moore’s Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement contributes not only a unique and well-supported argument for Eckhart’s influence on Heidegger’s entire corpus, but also an abundance of material essential for future endeavours on the same topic.” — Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy

“…Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement provides exceptional insight into one of Martin Heidegger’s most elusive conceptual developments … Moore’s monograph contributes much: impressive archival research, a deep understanding of two perplexing thinkers, and a persuasively argued conclusion which maintains that releasement is the appropriate mode of being for the human being.” — Continental Philosophy Review

“…one must say that [Moore’s study] is a true success. His extremely meticulous work of exegesis … will become a reference point in Heidegger studies, if it is true that Heidegger’s relation to the first Rheinland mystic is one that, as he shows, harbors the secret of a renewed and deepened understanding of Heidegger’s thought in its evolution as in its errancy.” — Revue Philosophique

“Without succumbing to the temptation to distort Eckhart’s perspective through Heidegger’s thinking of being or to falsify Heidegger’s reappraisal through the theological presuppositions of the German mystic, Moore succeeds in remaining true to both thinkers and examining them in their own historical-philosophical context. ‘Releasement’ thereby becomes the site for a wonderful encounter between two thinkers separated by seven centuries.” — Textem

Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement is a well-crafted, insightful book. It documents Heidegger’s reading and use of Eckhart in extraordinary detail, and analyzes their interpretations of releasement with care and precision.” — Medieval Mystical Theology

“At once an inquiry into both Heidegger and Eckhart, this assiduously researched, elegantly written, and largely compelling book deals with a number of (at times lesser known) texts of both authors in order to show the essential resonances of these two thinkers …this book is an essential and enjoyable read for anybody interested in Eckhart, Heidegger, or their ‘relationship’ to one another.” — Review of Metaphysics

“Moore’s book is an impressive achievement. Nobody can fail to learn from it or fail to appreciate the dedication and devotion that has enabled him to produce what is unquestionably an indispensable volume for anybody interested in Eckhart, late Heidegger, or the relation of so-called mysticism to philosophy more generally.” — Robert Bernasconi, Pennsylvania State University

Ian Alexander Moore is a faculty member at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is the coeditor (with Alan D. Schrift) of Transcendence and the Concrete: Selected Writings by Jean Wahl.

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Table of Contents

General Introduction

Part I.

1. The Thinker and the Master: Heidegger on Eckhart

Part II.


2. Thinking, Being, and the Problem of Ontotheology in Eckhart’s Latin Writings

3. Become Who You Are: The Oneness of Thinking and Being as Releasement in Eckhart’s German Writings

4. Eckhart’s Strategies for Cultivating Releasement

Part III.


5. The Middle Voice of Releasement in Heidegger’s Lecture Courses, 1928–30

6. Violent Thinking and Being in Heidegger’s Introduction to Metaphysics, 1935

7. Releasement as the Essence of Thinking and Being in Heidegger’s First “Country Path Conversation,” 1945


Appendix One
Materials on Heidegger’s Relation to Eckhart

1. Editions of Eckhart Consulted, Owned, or Referenced by Heidegger

2. Locations of Heidegger’s References to Eckhart and Pseudo-Eckhart

3. Heidegger’s Citations of Eckhart and Pseudo-Eckhart

4. Heidegger’s Marginalia und Underlining in His Personal Copies of Eckhart

5. Summary of Eckhart’s/Pseudo-Eckhart’s Texts Read or Cited by Heidegger

6. Reports on Heidegger’s Relation to Eckhart

7. Heidegger’s Evaluation of Kate Oltmanns’s Dissertation on Eckhart

8. Heidegger’s Notes on Kate Oltmanns’s Oral Examination

Appendix Two
“Essentiality, Existence, and Ground in Meister Eckehart,” by Kate Oltmanns

Appendix Three
“Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and Meister Eckhart,” by Nishitani Keiji

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Unpublished Sources
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