Review of Complicated Presence: Heidegger and the Postmetaphysical Unity of Being

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Book Review

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Department of Humanities


Jussi Backman has produced an insightful, nuanced, well-written, cogently argued, and thoroughly researched interpretive account of Heidegger's philosophical pursuit of the question of Being. Backman argues that there is a basic continuity to Heidegger's thought. Depending upon where they fall on this and related issues, Heidegger scholars will be more or less sympathetic to his account and find his arguments more or less persuasive. Regardless, I think most will find this book a valuable and insightful read and, whether they agree or not, will recognize that Backman's account is an important one that deserves to be reckoned with.

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Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews