Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 497–504 | Cite as

Gert-Jan van der Heiden: Ontology after Ontotheology: Plurality, Event, and Contingency in Contemporary Philosophy

  • Harris Bechtol

Gert-Jan van der Heiden accomplishes a difficult task in his newest book Ontology after Ontotheology. He offers a systematic treatment of the “ontological space” (5) of contemporary, continental philosophy along three axes: plurality, event or contingency, and ethos. He primarily treats several philosophers’ positions that comprise this space of contemporary ontology in order to investigate its Sache—plurality and the event of contingency—along with the best comportment or ethos that we can have toward this Sache. In exploring the positions that comprise this ontological space, he argues for “a position in the debate [regarding] which trajectory in this space is most promising in thinking the ontology of contingency” (viii). Though my review focuses on his investigation of this ontological space, I would be remiss not to mention, in brief, two other important developments in his text. First, he uses this ontological space to re-read Plato. In particular, he builds on this space to...


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  1. 1.College StationUSA

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