Heidegger and the Place of Ethics is a groundbreaking
contribution to the study of both Heidegger and ethics in the
Continental philosophical tradition.
Despite Heidegger''s identifying his own thought with 'ethics'' in
the most original sense, his understanding of ethics has been
criticised both for its supposed ignorance of the role of the other
human being and for its relation to politics.
This book contends that, in fact, it is Heidegger''s own notion of
''being-with'' -his rethinking of intersubjectivity- which
demonstrates precisely what is wrong with his early work and
demands that the place of ethics be rethought. Heidegger and the
Place of Ethics shows how this rethinking occurs in Heidegger''s
work. In particular, the crossing out of the earlier work in the
turn to the later allows us to think 'being-with'' as essential to
a Heideggerian ethics and to rethink the relationship between
ethics and politics which previously issued in Heidegger''s
engagement with Nazism.
This rethinking of ethics and politics in light of the originality
of 'being-with'' brings us before a hitherto unnoticed proximity
between Heidegger''s later work and the Lacanian political thought
of Slavoj Žižek among others; it thereby opens up the possibility
of a politically progressive Heideggerianism, and many unexpected
encounters with thinkers generally considered to be separated from
Heidegger by an abyss.