Book Review: Philip Tonner – Heidegger, Metaphysics and the Univocity of Being
This book is a study of Heidegger’s works, early and late, in the light of the idea of the univocity of being. The central thesis is that, allowing for differences of context, project, history, and the Kehre or turn in Heidegger’s ways from Phenomenology to Thought, one can argue for the consistent presence of the notion of univocity of being in all of his works. “I aim to show that there is an underlying univocal sense of being in Heidegger’s philosophy” (p. 65). This is the explicit thesis of the book, which is repeated in every chapter. It claims to be a radically new thesis. The evidence for this thesis is gathered from many of Heidegger’s works, beginning with the Habilitation text and ending with the later works. There is an Introduction, a conclusion and an appendix.