The Culmination: Heidegger, German Idealism, and the Fate of Philosophy (Hardcover)

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A provocative reassessment of Heidegger’s critique of German Idealism from one of the tradition’s foremost interpreters.

Heidegger claimed that Western philosophy ended—failed, even—in the German Idealist tradition. In The Culmination, Robert B. Pippin explores the ramifications of this charge through a masterful survey of Western philosophy, especially Heidegger’s critiques of Hegel and Kant. Pippin argues that Heidegger’s basic concern was to determine sources of meaning for human life, particularly those that had been obscured by Western philosophy’s attention to reason. The Culmination offers a new interpretation of Heidegger, German Idealism, and the fate of Western rationalism.

About the Author

Robert B. Pippin is the Evelyn Stefansson Nef Distinguished Service Professor in the John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, the Department of Philosophy, and the College at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books on philosophy, literature, art, and film.

Praise For…

“Can thought explain why it cares about what it thinks? Can the mind account for its own minding? Drawing on his decades of reflection on German Idealism, Pippin supports Heidegger’s answer: no. The implications for the history of philosophy and for its future are profound.”
— Richard Polt, Xavier University

The Culmination is by far the deepest and most thorough study of Heidegger’s reading of Hegel and its centrality to his account of the history of metaphysics. Pippin makes a compelling case that the rationalist equation of thinking and being remains a dogmatic assumption absent a more radical reflection on how meaning is disclosed in nonrational ways. If, as Pippin says, Heidegger understood the idealist tradition better than anyone before him, it would be fair to add that Pippin has appreciated Heidegger’s reading of that tradition more profoundly than anyone yet has."
— Taylor Carman, Barnard College

“With typical lucidity, Pippin executes his most extensive engagement with Heidegger to date, focusing on Heidegger’s insistence on the finitude of reason and its inability to do justice to the question of philosophy: the meaning of being. At the same time, The Culmination vividly illustrates how difficult it is to imagine an ‘other’ beginning, where thinking is not modeled as rational knowledge but as attunement to the sources of mattering and meaningfulness. An indispensable resource for anyone concerned about the future of philosophy.”
— Steven Crowell, Rice University
Product Details
ISBN: 9780226830001
ISBN-10: 0226830004
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication Date: January 5th, 2024
Pages: 256
Language: English