Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 52, Issue 4, pp 415–418 | Cite as

Book review of Rafael Winkler’s Philosophy of Finitude: Heidegger, Levinas, and Nietzsche

Rafael Winkler, Philosophy of Finitude: Heidegger, Levinas, and Nietzsche, Bloomsbury Academy, August 2018, 208, $102.60 (hardback) ISBN: 1350059366
  • Seth DavesEmail author

Rafael Winkler’s Philosophy of Finitude: Heidegger, Levinas, and Nietzsche is a book that investigates the unique or that which is unclassifiable or unidentifiable (Winkler, xv). As a whole, the book claims to look into the different ways uniqueness can manifest, whether or not uniqueness is a possible experience, and how best to think and talk about the unique. As the title indicates, Winkler approaches these questions through the thought of Heidegger, Levinas, and Nietzsche.

Winkler divides the book into six chapters. In chapter one Winkler looks into the relation uniqueness has to existence and the first-personal identity. In chapter two Winkler argues that one’s uniqueness as an individual does not give them access to the uniqueness of the other. Chapter three investigates the possibility of thinking the unique. In chapter four Winkler turns to Heidegger’s reading of Hölderlin’s lectures, and in chapter five Winkler offers an alternative reading to Nietzsche than those offered by...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South Florida, FAO 246TampaUSA

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