The received view of Martin Heidegger’s work is that he leaves little room for reason in the practice of philosophy or the conduct of life. Citing his much-scorned remark that reason is the “stiff-necked adversary of thought”, critics argue that Heidegger’s philosophy effectively severs the tie between reason and normativity, leaving anyone who adheres to his position without recourse to justifying reasons for their beliefs and actions. Transcending Reason is a collection of essays by leading Heidegger scholars that challenges this view by exploring new ways to understand Heidegger’s approach to the relationship between reason, normativity, and the philosophical methodology that gives us access to these issues. The volume points to Heidegger’s novel approach to reason understood in terms of what he calls Dasein’s ‘transcendence’—the ability to occupy the world as a space of normatively structured meanings in which we navigate our striving to be. By examining the strengths and weaknesses of this new and innovative take on Heidegger’s philosophy, this collection considers the possibility that he does not sever but rather reconceives the relation between reason and normativity.
Introduction, MatthewBurch, Jack Marsh, and Irene McMullin / Part I: Normativity / 1. Transcending Reason Heidegger’s Way: Meaning, Normativity, and the Indispensability of Phenomenology”, Steven Crowell / 2. Norm and Ideal, Irene McMullin / 3. On Authenticity, Selfhood, and Norms of One’s Own, Denis McManus / 4. Normativity and the Role of Authenticity in Early Heidegger, Sacha Golob / Part II: Reason / 5. Primacy of Practice vs. Primacy of Theory, Heidegger vs. Husserl?, Sonja Rinofner-Kreidl / 6. Ground, Background, and Reason, William Blattner / 7. Expressive Control: Heidegger on What Makes Actions Properly Agential, Matt Burch / 8. Ode to Joy: Diesen Kuß der ganzen Welt!, Jack Marsh / Part III: Method / 9. Renewing Phenomenology: Heidegger and the Reduction(s), Thomas Sheehan / 10. Phenomenon in Husserl and Heidegger, Burt Hopkins / 11. Die angebliche Frage nach dem ‘Sein des Seienden’: An Unknown Husserlian Response to Heidegger’s ‘Question of Being’, Sebastian Luft / 12. Heidegger’s Understanding of the Distinctive Nature of Philosophy or Thought in Relation to Science, Naturalism, and Historicism, Jeff Malpas and Ingo Farin / Index
Irene McMullin is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex, UK. She Time and the Shared World: Heidegger on Social Relations (2013), and Existential Flourishing: A Phenomenology of the Virtues (forthcoming). Her work on Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, and Sartre has appeared in journals such as The European Journal of Philosophy, Continental Philosophy Review, and Philosophical Topics.
Matthew Burch is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex, UK. He has published in Inquiry, The European Journal of Philosophy, and The Journal of Applied Philosophy.