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The Philosophy of Improvisation$
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Gary Peters

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226662787

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226662800.001.0001

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Conclusion: Improvising, Thinking, Writing

Conclusion: Improvising, Thinking, Writing

(p.145) Conclusion: Improvising, Thinking, Writing
The Philosophy of Improvisation
University of Chicago Press

This chapter addresses the philosophical project of creating a concept of improvisation. Martin Heidegger's concept of Being as concealment/unconcealment, proximity/distance, calling/withdrawing, and his rejection of empathy reflects the historical and philosophical shift while introducing a certain play into his own hermeneutical strategy—one that has considerable improvisatory force. Any liberties Heidegger might appear to take with the words he uses and reuses should not be associated with the radical novelty aspired to by some forms of free-improvisation but, rather, with the re-novative practice. Any concept of improvisation must acknowledge the primary importance of timing. As with Heidegger's “hearkening,” Jacques Derrida's strategy of reading is to allow writing to speak for itself, in all of its richness, playfulness, contingency, and, on occasion, anarchy.

Keywords:   improvisation, Martin Heidegger, Being, re-novative practice, Jacques Derrida

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