David Farrell Krell’s Ecstasy, Catastrophe: Heidegger from Being and Time to the Black Notebooks is reviewed at NDPR.
This latest book by the distinguished scholar, translator, and author David Farrell Krell is a compilation of three different texts. Part I presents four Brauer Lectures he delivered at Brown University (2014) on Heidegger’s early thinking on the human being’s “ecstatic temporality.” Following is a brief “Interlude” in which he reflects on the vice of “polemical” criticism and the virtue of “giving oneself over” to a text in interpreting it. Part II is an extended essay on Heidegger agonistes as this emerges in the recently published Schwarze Hefte (Black Notebooks). Krell has insightful and suggestive things to say in each, but the three parts do not fit well together. [continues here]