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Gatherings: The Heidegger Circle Annual

Volume 1, 2011

Richard Polt
Pages 26-53

Meaning, Excess, and Event

This paper agrees with Thomas Sheehan that Heidegger inquires into the source of meaning in finite human existence. The paper argues, however, that Sheehan’s paradigm for interpreting Heidegger should be expanded: Heidegger is also concerned with “excess” (encounters with what eludes meaning or is other than meaning) and “event” (the founding of the “there” within which meaning is possible). Excess and event are crucial to being and history, as Heidegger understands them.

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