Reading the Late Heidegger
Imprint: Northwestern University Press
Heidegger’s later thought is a thinking of things, so argues Andrew J. Mitchell in The Fourfold. Heidegger understands these things in terms of what he names “the fourfold”—a convergence of relationships bringing together the earth, the sky, divinities, and mortals—and Mitchell’s book is the first detailed exegesis of this neglected aspect of Heidegger’s later thought. As such it provides entrée to the full landscape of Heidegger’s postwar thinking, offering striking new interpretations of the atomic bomb, technology, plants, animals, weather, time, language, the holy, mortality, dwelling, and more. What results is a conception of things as ecstatic, relational, singular, and, most provocatively, as intrinsically tied to their own technological commodification. A major new work that resonates beyond the confines of Heidegger scholarship, The Fourfold proposes nothing less than a new phenomenological thinking of relationality and mediation for understanding the things around us.
"Mitchell’s account is the most comprehensive and illuminating study of the later Heidegger to date." —Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
"The best book I have read on the late Heidegger and one of the most original and engaging books in Heidegger studies from the last ten years.” —Charles Bambach, University of Texas at Dallas, author of Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice
“It is a real pleasure to be guided by Andrew Mitchell into the late Heidegger’s thinking of the fourfold, which constitutes the true meaning of the world as the medium for the thing’s relations. His book can be regarded as the very first attempt at showing the philosophical deepness of Heidegger’s concept of finitude.”—Francoise Dastur, Archives Husserl de Paris