This review article engages with the architect Adam Sharr’s Heidegger’s Hut (2006), a study of Martin Heidegger’s work hut at Todtnauberg, and also with Heidegger’s own “essay” on thought at the hut, “From Out of the Experience of Thinking” (written 1947). The article traces a tension between some intellectual assumptions in the mode of presentation chosen by Sharr and the provocation of Heidegger’s thinking. The challenge of Heidegger’s thinking is to resist the mode of a biographical survey, a challenge focused above all in his elusive concept of the “earth.” This uncanny and nonfoundational element in the “experience of thinking” is seen as crucial for Heidegger at Todtnauberg, as opposed to its having offered, as Sharr’s study concludes, a “datum” for personal identity.
CAN A PLACE Think? ON ADAM Sharr’s HEIDEGGER’S HUT
TIMOTHY CLARK IS PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DURHAM AND A SPECIALIST IN THE FIELDS OF MODERN LITERARY THEORY AND CONTINENTAL PHILOSOPHY (ESPECIALLY THE WORK OF MARTIN HEIDEGGER AND JACQUES DERRIDA), ALSO IN ROMANTICISM (ESPECIALLY P.B. SHELLEY) AND ECOCRITICISM. HE HAS PUBLISHED MANY ARTICLES IN LITERARY AND PHILOSOPHICAL JOURNALS AND HAS PUBLISHED SIX MONOGRAPHS, INCLUDING RECENTLY MARTIN HEIDEGGER, ROUTLEDGE CRITICAL THINKERS SERIES (2002) AND THE POETICS OF SINGULARITY: THE COUNTER-CULTURALIST TURN IN HEIDEGGER, DERRIDA, BLANCHOT AND THE LATER GADAMER (EDINBURGH UP, 2005). HIS CURRENT RESEARCH MIGHT CRUDELY BE CALLED A GREENING OF ELEMENTS OF DECONSTRUCTION, UNDER THE PROVISIONAL TITLE OF “A GREEN ANARCHIST CRITICISM.”