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Daniela Vallega-Neu

Professor of Philosophy
German & Scandinavian, Philosophy Department
Phone: 541-346-5549
Office: 240 Susan Campbell Hall
Office Hours: Fall 2022: Thursdays from 12-2:00 PM
Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century European Thought (especially Nietzsche, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Contemporary French thought); Phenomenology; Hermeneutics; Deconstruction; Ontology related to issues of body.


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 latest book is titled Heideggers Poietic Writings: From Contributions to Philosophy to The Event (Indiana University Press, 2018). It traces shifts of themes and concepts in Heidegger’s non-public writings from 1936 to 1941 and also engages these writings critically. 



Authored Books

  • Heidegger's Poietic Writings: From Contributions to Philosophy to The Event. (Indiana University Press, 2018) [Review:]
  • The Bodily Dimension in Thinking (Plato, Nietzsche, Scheler, Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger, Foucault). (SUNY Press, 2005)
  • Heidegger’s ‘Contributions to Philosophy.’ An Introduction. (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). 



  • “Among Heretics: Derridean influences in Anglo-American encounters with Heidegger’s later work,” in Heidegger and his Anglo-American Reception: A Comprehensive Approach. (In production with Springer)
  • “Being, Death, and Machination: Thinking Death with and beyond Heidegger,” in AngelakiSpecial Issue: What Comes After Death? Contemporary Perspectives on Death in a Post-Humanist Era. (In production) 

  • “A Strange Proximity: On the Notion of Walten in Derrida and Heidegger,“ in Epoche: A Journal for the History of Philosophy, 2022. (In production)

  • “John Sallis’ Liminal Phenomenology,” in Philosophy, Art, and the Imagination: Essays on the Work of John Sallis, edited by James Risser (Brill, 2021). (In production)

  • “Heidegger at the Limits of Phenomenology,” in (ed.), Fenomenologická ročenka, vol. IX, edited by Aleš Novák (Prag: Togga, 2019), 67-84. ISBN 978-80-7476-167-6.

  • “Truth, Errancy, and Bodily Dispositions in Heidegger,” in Heidegger on Affect, edited by Christos Hadjioannou (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019), 205-226. 

  • “Body and Time-Space in Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty,” in Research in Phenomenology 49 (2019): 31-48.
  • “Truth, Errancy, and Bodily Dispositions in Heidegger,” in Heidegger on Affect, edited by Christos Hadjioannou (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2019), 205-226.
  • “Die Schwarzen Hefte und Heideggers seynsgeschichtliche Abhandlungen (1936-1942).” In Heidegger Jahrbuch 11, edited by Alfred Denker and Holger Zaborowski (München: Verlag Karl Alber, 2018), 100-117.
  • Attunements, Truth, and Errancy in Heidegger’s Thinking”: in Gatherings7 (2017): 55-69. 
  • “Thinking Bodily Time-Spaces with and Beyond Heidegger,” in After Heidegger, edited by Gregory Fried and Richard Polt (Roman & Littlefield, 2017), Chapter 28, 295-302.
  • “The Dissemination of Time: Durations, Configurations, and Chance.” Research in Phenomenology 47: 1 (2017): 1-18. 18p. DOI: 10.1163/15691640-12341353.
  •  “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.


I like to teach single author courses and theme-based courses with a historical approach drawing from the classical Western tradition but paying attention as well to non-Western thought and feminist critiques. I have taught courses in phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction. Among single authors I have taught are Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Foucault, Spinoza, and Kant. I have taught theme-based courses with a historical approach on topics such as truth, time, space, experience and nature, soul and body, theory of ethics, and the human place in the cosmos. I also have taught introductory level critical thinking courses on a regular basis as well as Ancient and Modern philosophy.