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Kieran Aarons (ed.), Reiner Schürmann, ...: Modern Philosophies of the Will

Reiner Schürmann, Kieran Aarons (ed.), Francesco Guercio (ed.)

Modern Philosophies of the Will

Softcover, 128 pages

Date of publication: 27.10.2021

Through Kant, Nietzsche, and Heidegger, this seminar traces the development of the relation between the will and the law as self-given. Topic areas include: the ontological turn in philosophy of the will; from obligation to self-overcoming, to “decision;” the will’s playful character and the problem of teleology; the will as principle of morality (Kant), of life­forms (Nietzsche),  and of technology (Heidegger); the formal identity of legislation and transgression of the law.


The seminar traces three “strategies” in the development of the philosophy of will from Kant to Heidegger, viz. rationality and irrationality of the will, the ontological turn, and law.

  • Nietzsche
  • Kant
  • Heidegger

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Kieran Aarons

teaches political philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. His articles have appeared in Theory & Event, Mute Magazine, Hostis, and elsewhere. He is the translator of François Zourabichvili’s Deleuze: A Philosophy of the Event, as well as many other articles in French and Italian philosophy. He is currently completing a book on the concept of destituent power, linking the philosophies of time and festivity in Furio Jesi and Giorgio Agamben to contemporary social and ecological movements.

Francesco Guercio

is a Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, Art and Critical Thought at the European Graduate School. His doctoral research has focused on late Reiner Schürmann’s published works and unpublished lecture notes—which he is also translating into Italian.
Reiner Schürmann

Reiner Schürmann

(1941–93) was a German philosopher. He was born in Amsterdam and lived in Germany, Israel, and France before immigrating to the United States in the 1970s, where he was professor and director of the Department of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. He is the author of three books on philosophy: Heidegger on Being and Acting, Wandering Joy, and Broken Hegemonies. Origins is his only work of fiction. He never wrote nor published in his native German.
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