Mortal Thought seeks to illustrate the artistic and philosophical contexts for Hoelderlin's poetic thought and to trace his profound impact upon subsequent philosophy, most notably Nietzsche, the Frankfurt School, Heidegger and Post-structuralism. Beginning with the point of departure of Hoelderlin in Kant and Fichte, Mortal Thought outlines the novel philosophical innovations of Hoelderlin, and their influence upon philosophy from the 19th century to the present day. A renewed appreciation of Hoelderlin will allow us to retrieve an authentic philosophy for our own era. Mortal Thought lays out a concise, clear and comprehensive account of the emergence of Hoelderlin as philosopher and poet, of his influence upon the four dominant strands of Continental philosophy - Nietzsche, Heidegger, Critical Theory and Poet-structuralism - and of his relevance for us in our own era.
James Luchte is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, School of the Humanities. His scholarly publications, all published by Bloomsbury, include Mortal Thought: Hoelderlin and Philosophy (forthcoming, 2016), Early Greek Thought: Before the Dawn (2011), The Peacock and the Buffalo: The Poetry of Nietzsche (translator, 2010), Pythagoras and the Doctrine of Transmigration: Wandering Souls (2009), Heidegger's Early Philosophy: The Phenomenology of Ecstatic Temporality (2008), Nietzsche's Thus Spoke Zarathustra: Before Sunrise (Editor, 2008) and Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (2007).
Opening - Mortal Thought Part One: Hoelderlin and the Poetics of Thought Chapter One: The Unity of Philosophy in Kant Chapter Two: Transcendental Poetics and the Doctrine of Reflection Chapter Three: Poetics Beyond Reflection: Being and Judgment Chapter Four: Hoelderlin and the Tragic Sublime Chapter Five: Mortal Thought: The Poetics of Being and Existence Part Two: Hoelderlin's Child: Nietzsche Chapter Six: Hyperion and The Birth of Tragedy Chapter Seven: Tragic Poetry and the Thread of Ariadne Chapter Eight: Empedocles and the Death of Zarathustra Part Three: Hoelderlin and Contemporary Philosophy Chapter Nine: Hoelderlin and the Frankfurt School Chapter Ten: Heidegger and the Question of Being Chapter Eleven: Heidegger's Poetic Turn Chapter Twelve: Hoelderlin and the Poetics of Deconstruction Chapter Thirteen: All in All: The Poetics of Intimacy Epilogue: The Revolution of the Mortal Bibliography Index