Martin Heidegger and Meister Eckhardt: A Path Towards gelassenheit

Author: Dalle Pezze, Barbara
This work demonstrates that Heidegger’s experience of Gelassenheit and the experience of the German mystic Meister Eckhart intersect. The experience of Gelassenheit, as developed and introduced by Heidegger, points to and sheds light upon the dimension out of which Eckhart speaks of the true relation between man and god.


“Very few books dealing with Heidegger’s concept of Gelassenheit have been published in English. One of the strengths of Dalle Pezze’s book is that it engages critically with the foremost of these books (John Caputo, The Mystical Element in Heidegger’s Thought, 2000), while also introducing to an English-speaking audience the wide range of scholarship that has been published in German and Italian. This is truly a book that builds bridges across the national and linguistic boundaries, which unfortunately carve up the world of academic scholarship. Once again, however, what sets Dalle Pezze’s work apart is that it tries to move beyond these academic debates through an engagement with and an enactment of the modes of thought under investigation.” – Prof. Timothy O’Leary, University of Hong Kong

“The thesis that frames this work is that there is a similarity between Heidegger’s and Eckhardt’s Gelassenheit . . . This goes against John Caputo’s emphasis of the difference between the two thinkers. Dalle Pezze is not only original and convincing in the stance she takes against Caputo but also in her attempt to enact the thinking of Gelassenheit. In fact, she proposes a careful and immanent reading of Heideggerm yet with a sensibility of her own.” – Prof. Daniela Vallega-Neu, California State University

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Foreword by Dr. Timothy O’Leary
1. Introduction
2. The Fundamental Ontological Way
3. Being-Historical Thinking
4. The Last God of the Ones to Come
5. Heidegger’s Gelassenheit
6. Heidegger and Eckhardt on Gelassenheit