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Francesco Guercio (ed.), Reiner Schürmann, ...: Ways of Releasement

Reiner Schürmann, Francesco Guercio (ed.), Ian Alexander Moore (ed.)

Ways of Releasement
Writings on God, Eckhart, and Zen

Softcover, 424 pages

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In 1962, Reiner Schürmann began studying at the Dominican school of theology Le Saulchoir, outside Paris. That experience radically shaped his life and work, enabling him to begin to develop many of the ideas for which he would later be known: letting be, life without why, ontological anarchy, and the tragic double bind. Ways of Releasement contains never before published material from Schürmann’s early period, including selections from an early, more Christocentric version of Wandering Joy and several shorter, impassioned writings in which Schürmann tests his faith against Eckhart’s teaching of the Godhead, Heidegger’s later philosophy, his growing interest in Soto Zen, and the possibilities and limits of language. The volume also contains a report Schürmann wrote about his encounter with Heidegger, a précis of his autobiographical novel Origins, and translations and new editions of later groundbreaking essays. Ways of Releasement concludes with an extensive afterword contextualizing Schürmann’s writings in relation to his thinking and life.

  • Eastern philosophy
  • Middle ages
  • history of philosophy
  • religion

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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 His doctoral research has focused on late Reiner Schürmann’s published works and unpublished materials—which he is also translating into Italian. He is the editor of Reiner Schürmann’s The Philosophy of Nietzsche, Modern Philosophy of the Will (co-ed. with K. Aarons), and Le origini (Italian trans. by F. Scabbia).
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Ian Alexander Moore

is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola Marymount University. He is the author of Dialogue on the Threshold: Heidegger and Trakl and Eckhart, Heidegger, and the Imperative of Releasement, and editor of Reiner Schürmann’s Neo-Aristotelianism and the Medieval Renaissance. He is currently writing a book titled Life without Why: Reiner Schürmann and the Imperative of Releasement.
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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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