Heidegger and the Contradiction of Being: An Analytic Interpretation of the Late Heidegger

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Filippo Casati, Heidegger and the Contradiction of Being: An Analytic Interpretation of the Late Heidegger, Routledge, 2022, 186pp., $160.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780367230104.

Reviewed by Katherine Withy, Georgetown University

In his book, Filippo Casati argues that Martin Heidegger, in his later work, endorses dialetheism. Dialetheism is the view that some contradictions are true. Casati argues that Heidegger holds two specific contradictory assertions to be true: that being is both not an entity and an entity and, as a result, that being both cannot be the subject of an assertion and can be the subject of an assertion. Heidegger’s endorsement of the latter contradiction follows from his endorsement of the former since, according to Casati, to be an entity is to be a potential subject of an assertion, and all assertions are about entities. That thinking and talking about being leads to these contradictions is what makes being perplexing and question-worthy for Heidegger,…

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