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Event, World and Place

Mackinlay, Shane (2007) Event, World and Place. In: Dialogues in Place: Australian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, 5-7 December 2007, University of Tasmania.

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By conceiving Dasein as Being-in-the-world, Heidegger introduces a fundamental shift to the concept of place. No longer is place something external to us, a location ‘in’ which we are positioned; rather, place (as world) is part of our very being. However, one of the critiques directed at Heidegger is that his account of the relationship between Dasein and world reduces world to a self-projection of Dasein, with Dasein resembling the Cartesian subject from which Heidegger tried to escape. Claude Romano is a contemporary French phenomenologist who makes precisely this critique of Heidegger, and proposes an alternative account, in which events are the key to understanding our relationship to the world in which our possibilities are projected and realised. For Romano, the world in which we project our possibilities is opened – and periodically upended – by events, first of all by the event of birth. As one to whom events happen, we are neither simply active nor passive, but live out of a passibility that puts our very selves into play and is a capacity to appropriate our possibilities and thereby advene to ourselves. Rather than seeing the world as the place for Dasein to take place, Romano sees our existence as the place for events and world to take place. In this paper, I begin by outlining Romano’s critique of Heidegger, then describe Romano’s alternative, which he calls ‘evential hermeneutics,’ and conclude by making some initial comments on its significance, especially in relation to thinkers such as Heidegger and Jean-Luc Marion.

Item Type: Conference Papers (Paper)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Heidegger, Marion, Romano, event, world
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Philosophy
College/Association with University of Divinity: CTC: Catholic Theological College
Depositing User: Assoc. Prof. Shane Mackinlay
Date Deposited: 13 Jan 2010 00:08
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2011 15:39
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/339

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