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Daniela Vallega-Neu

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  • Title: Associate Head of Philosophy
  • Additional Title: Associate Professor of Philosophy
  • Office: 245 Susan Campbell Hall
  • Office Hours: TBA during Fall 2017
  • Interests: 19th and 20th Century European Thought (especially Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Contemporary French thought); Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Deconstruction; Ontology related to issues of body.
  • Curriculum Vitae


I earned my PhD at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (Germany) in 1995 with a work on the notions of grounding and groundlessness in Heidegger and Derrida. Subsequently my research focused on the “bodily dimension in thinking” from a historical-genealogical and phenomenological perspective, exploring works of Plato, Nietzsche, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, and Foucault. From this project grew my ongoing work on embodied time by focusing on the notion of rhythm. I apporach time in terms of the rhythmic articulation of things and events such that time is of things and events in their encroaching occurrences. At the same time, I continued intensive work on Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy (Of the event). I wrote a widely used introduction to this crucial work titled Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy: An Introduction (the book was translated into Chinese), and co-translated Heidegger's Contributions to Philosophy (Of the Event) (Indiana University Press, 2011). 

My current book project traces shifts of themes and concepts in Heidegger’s non-public writings from Contributions to Philosophy to Das Ereignis (GA 65, 66, 69 - 72). In these non-public writings Heidegger searches at the limit of language for original ways of articulating historical being in terms of Ereignis (event). He does this by departing more and more radically from traditional philosophical thinking and articulation. This occurs by way of a more and more radical interpretation of ancient Greek thought as well as through a profound criticism of our epoch in relation to what Heidegger calls “Machenschaft” (machination) and "Erlebnis" (lived experience). This book project also takes account of the historical setting of these non-public writings that were written between 1936 and 1942, i.e. shortly before and during World War II. 



Authored Books

  • The Bodily Dimension in Thinking (Plato, Nietzsche, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Foucault). (SUNY Press, 2005)
  • Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy.’ An Introduction. (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2003)
  • Die Notwendigkeit der Gründung im Zeitalter der Dekonstruktion. Zur Gründung in Heideggers 'Beiträgen zur Philosophie'; unter Hinzuziehung der Derridaschen Dekonstruktion. Berlin: Duncker & Humblot 1997.  (“The Need of Grounding in the Age of Deconstruction: On Grounding in Heidegger's 'Contributions to Philosophy’ and its Relation to Derridian Deconstruction.”)

Edited Books

  • (Co-editor) A Companion to Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy,’ Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001.

Translated Books

  • Co-translator: Martin Heidegger, Contributions to Philosophy: Of the Event (Indiana University Press, 2011).
  • Co-translator: John Sallis, Einbildungskraft by John Sallis (Mohr/Siebeck, 2010). 




  •  “The Black Notebooks and Heidegger’s Writings of the Event (1936-1944), in Reading Heidegger’s Black Notebooks 1931-1941 (Cambridge MA: MIT Press, 2016), pp. 127-142.
  • “Heidegger’s Reticence: From Contributions to Das Ereignis and Toward Gelassenheit.” Research in Phenomenology, 45.1 (2015): 1-32.
  • “Heidegger’s Imageless Saying of the Event.” In Continental Philosophy Review, 2004. DOI 10.1007/s11007-014-9310-4  
  • “At the Limit of Word and Thought: Reading Heidegger’s Das Ereignis.” In Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik (Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2013), 77-91.
  • “Ereignis” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Heidegger, edited by François Raffoul and Eric Nelson (London: Continuum, 2013), Chapter 35, 283-289.
  • “Heidegger’s Poietic Writings.” Chapter 7 of Heidegger and Language, edited by Jeffrey Powell (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2013), Chapter 7, 119-145.
  •  “Bodily Being and Indifference.” Epoché 17:1 (2012): 111-122.
  • „Ereignis: Enowning or the Event of Appropriation.“ In Martin Heidegger: Key Concepts, edited by Bret W. Davis (Acumen Publishing, 2010), Chapter 10, 140-154.
  • “Rhythmic Delimitations of History: On Heidegger and History.” Idealistic Studies 38/1-2 (2008): 91-103.
  • “The Body in Max Scheler’s Phenomenology.” Epoché 9:1 (2004): 19-36.
  •  “Thinking in Decision. On Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy.” Research in Phenomenology, 33 (2003): 247-263 281-283.
  • “Poietic Saying.” In A Companion to Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy’ (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2001), 66-80.
  •  “La Questione del Corpo nei ‘Beiträge zur Philosophie’.” Giornale di Metafisica - Nuova Serie - XX (1998), 223-238.



Vallega-Neu teaches single author courses, theme-based courses with a historical approach drawing from the classical Western tradition, and courses in phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. In the past, she has taught single author courses on Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, and Kant, and theme-based courses with a historical approach on topics such as truth, experience and nature, soul and body, theory of ethics, and, more recently, the human place in the cosmos. She also has taught introductory level critical thinking courses on a regular basis.

In the academic year 2016-2017, Vallega-Neu will teach Phil 453/553 Nietzsche and Phil 345 Place in Cosmos (Fall 2016); Phil 103 "Critical Thinking" and Phil 607 Psyche / Soul (Winter 2017).

Course Links

Fall 2017
PHIL 607 Philosophy & Teaching

Winter 2018
PHIL 311 History of Philosophy: Modern
PHIL 607 Philosophy & Teaching

Spring 2018
PHIL 463/563 Merleau-Ponty
PHIL 607 Philosophy & Teaching

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