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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 12, 2012

Possibilities of Embodiment

Diego D’Angelo
Pages 61-83

Die Schwelle des Lebe-Wesens
Überlegungen zur Leibinterpretation Heideggers in der Nietzsche-Abhandlung

One of Heidegger’s most important descriptions of bodily existence can be found in his Nietzsche lectures. This paper aims to elucidate this “metaphysics of the body” both in relation to Heidegger’s Leibniz-interpretation in the later Marburg lectures as well as in the context of his later thought. Leibniz and Nietzsche are Heidegger’s points of departure in the attempt to think the difference between θεωρία and πραξις beyond Being and Time: It is only by understanding their relationship, through a radical re-thinking of the problem of corporeality, no longer as a noun (der Leib) but as a verb (leiben), that one can possibly move beyond every traditional dualism, between theory and praxis but also and most notably between being and becoming.