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Profile: Vincent Blok (Wageningen University, Radboud University Nijmegen)
  1. Vincent Blok (2011). An Indication of Being – Reflections on Heidegger’s Engagement with Ernst Jünger. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 42 (2):194-208.
    In the thirties, Martin Heidegger was heavily involved with the work of Ernst Jünger (1895-1998). He says that he is indebted to Jünger for the ‘enduring stimulus’ provided by his descriptions. The question is: what exactly could this enduring stimulus be? Several interpreters have examined this question, but the recent publication of lectures and annotations of the thirties allow us to follow Heidegger’s confrontation with Jünger more precisely. -/- According to Heidegger, the main theme of his philosophical thinking in the (...)
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    Vincent Blok & Bart Gremmen, Ecological Innovation.
    In this article, we critically reflect on the concept of biomimicry. On the basis of an analysis of the concept of biomimicry in the literature and its philosophical origin, we distinguish between a strong and a weaker concept of biomimicry. The strength of the strong concept of biomimicry is that nature is seen as a measure by which to judge the ethical rightness of our technological innovations, but its weakness is found in questionable presuppositions. These presuppositions are addressed by the (...)
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  3. Vincent Blok (2013). 'Massive Voluntarism' or Heidegger's Confrontation with the Will. Studie Phaenomenologica 13 (1):449-465.
    One of the controversial issues in the development of Heidegger’s thought is the problem of the will. Th e communis opinio is that Heidegger embraced the concept of the will in a non-critical manner at the beginning of the thirties and , in particular, he employed it in his political speeches of 1933–1934. Jacques Derrida for instance speaks about a “massive voluntarism” in relation to Heidegger’s thought in this period. Also Brett Davis discerns a period of “existential voluntarism” in 1930–1934, (...)
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  4. Vincent Blok (2013). "Massive Voluntarism" or Heidegger's Confrontation with the Will. Studie Phaenomenologica 13 (1):449-465.
    One of the controversial issues in the development of Heidegger’s thought is the problem of the will. Th e communis opinio is that Heidegger embraced the concept of the will in a non-critical manner at the beginning of the thirties and , in particular, he employed it in his political speeches of 1933–1934. Jacques Derrida for instance speaks about a “massive voluntarism” in relation to Heidegger’s thought in this period. Also Brett Davis discerns a period of “existential voluntarism” in 1930–1934, (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2015). Heidegger's Ontology of Work. Heidegger Studies 31:109-128.
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  6. Vincent Blok (2011). Der „Religiöse“ Charakter von Heideggers Philosophischer Methode. Studia Phaenomenologica 11 (1):285-307.
    The question addressed in this article is to what extent a destructed concept of religion can be said to characterize the philosophical method of Martin Heidegger. In order to approach this question, we first characterize his method as “Vollzug der Fraglichkeit”: philosophy in its deepest sense does not mean to give answers to questions but to ask questions. According to Heidegger, the execution of questioning consists in the “transforming repetition” of the leading question (Leitfrage) of philosophy in order to ask (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2014). Being-in-the-World as Being-in-Nature: An Ecological Perspective on Being and Time. Studia Phaenomenologica 14:215-235.
    Because the status of nature is ambiguous in Being and Time, we explore an ecological perspective on Heidegger’s early main work in this article. Our hypothesis is that the affordance theory of James Gibson enables us to a) to understand being-in-the-world as being-in-nature, b) reconnect man and nature and c) understand the twofold sense of nature in Being and Time. After exploring Heidegger’s concept of being-in-the-world and Gibson’s concept of being-in-nature, we confront Heidegger’s and Gibson’s conception of being-in-the-world and being-in-nature. (...)
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    Jochem Zwier, Vincent Blok, Pieter Lemmens & Robert-Jan Geerts (2015). The Ideal of a Zero-Waste Humanity: Philosophical Reflections on the Demand for a Bio-Based Economy. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (2):353-374.
    In this paper we inquire into the fundamental assumptions that underpin the ideal of the Bio-Based Economy as it is currently developed . By interpreting the BBE from the philosophical perspective on economy developed by Georges Bataille, we demonstrate how the BBE is fully premised on a thinking of scarcity. As a result, the BBE exclusively frames economic problems in terms of efficient production, endeavoring to exclude a thinking of abundance and wastefulness. Our hypothesis is that this not only entails (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2014). Reconnecting with Nature in the Age of Technology. Environmental Philosophy 11 (2):307-332.
    The relation between Martin Heidegger and radical environmentalism has been subject of discussion for several years now. On the one hand, Heidegger is portrayed as a forerunner of the deep ecology movement, providing an alternative for the technological age we live in. On the other, commentators contend that the basic thrust of Heidegger’s thought cannot be found in such an ecological ethos. In this article, this debate is revisited in order to answer the question whether it is possible to conceive (...)
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    Vincent Blok & Bart Gremmen (2016). Ecological Innovation: Biomimicry as a New Way of Thinking and Acting Ecologically. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 29 (2):203-217.
    In this article, we critically reflect on the concept of biomimicry. On the basis of an analysis of the concept of biomimicry in the literature and its philosophical origin, we distinguish between a strong and a weaker concept of biomimicry. The strength of the strong concept of biomimicry is that nature is seen as a measure by which to judge the ethical rightness of our technological innovations, but its weakness is found in questionable presuppositions. These presuppositions are addressed by the (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2013). The Power of Speech Acts: Reflections on a Performative Concept of Ethical Oaths in Economics and Business. Review of Social Economy 71 (2):187-208.
    Ethical oaths for bankers, economists and managers are increasingly seen as successful instruments to ensure more responsible behaviour. In this article, we reflect on the nature of ethical oaths. Based on John Austin's speech act theory and the work of Emmanuel Levinas, we introduce a performative concept of ethical oaths that is characterised by (1) the existential self-performative of the one I want to be, which is (2) demanded by the public context. Because ethical oaths are (3) structurally threatened by (...)
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  12. Vincent Blok (2010). Heidegger und der Nationalsozialismus oder die Frage nach dem philosophischen Empirismus. Studia Phaenomenologica 10:273-292.
    This contribution discusses the philosophical meaning of Martin Heidegger’s Rectoral address. Firstly, Heidegger’s philosophical basic experience (Grunderfahrung) is sketched as providing the background of his Rectoral address: the being-historical concept of beginning (Anfang). Next, the philosophical question of the Rectoral address is discussed. It is shown that Die Selbstbehauptung der deutschen Universität is inquiring into the identity of human being (Dasein) in connection with the question about das Eigene (the Germans) and das Fremde (the Greeks). This opposition structures the confrontation (...)
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    Vincent Blok, Bart Gremmen & Renate Wesselink (forthcoming). Dealing with the Wicked Problem of Sustainability in Advance. Business and Professional Ethics Journal.
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    Vincent Blok & Bart Gremmen (2016). Ecological Innovation: Biomimicry as a New Way of Thinking and Acting Ecologically. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 29 (2):203-217.
    In this article, we critically reflect on the concept of biomimicry. On the basis of an analysis of the concept of biomimicry in the literature and its philosophical origin, we distinguish between a strong and a weaker concept of biomimicry. The strength of the strong concept of biomimicry is that nature is seen as a measure by which to judge the ethical rightness of our technological innovations, but its weakness is found in questionable presuppositions. These presuppositions are addressed by the (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2011). Establishing the Truth. Heidegger Studies 27:101-118.
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    Vincent Blok (2015). The Human Glance, the Experience of Environmental Distress and the “Affordance” of Nature: Toward a Phenomenology of the Ecological Crisis. Journal of Agricultural and Environmental Ethics 28 (5):925-938.
    The problem we face today is that there is a huge gap between our ethical judgments about the ecological crisis on the one hand and our ethical behavior according to these judgments on the other. In this article, we ask to what extent a phenomenology of the ecological crisis enables us to bridge this gap and display more ethical or pro-environmental behavior. To answer this question, our point of departure is the affordance theory of the American psychologist and founding father (...)
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  17. Vincent Blok (2008). Nietzsche Als Einde En Als Overgang. Heideggers Confrontatie Met Nietzsche in de Dertiger Jaren. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 70 (4):763.
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    Vincent Blok (2015). Heidegger and Derrida on the Nature of Questioning: Towards the Rehabilitation of Questioning in Contemporary Philosophy. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 46 (4):307-322.
    In this article, the Heidegger and Derrida controversy about the nature of questioning is revisited in order to rehabilitate questioning as an essential characteristic of contemporary philosophy. After exploring Heidegger's characterization of philosophy as questioning and Derrida's criticism of the primacy of questioning, we will evaluate Derrida's criticism and articulate three characteristics of Heidegger's concept of questioning. After our exploration of Heidegger's concept of questioning, we critically evaluate Heidegger's later rejection of questioning. With this, we not only contribute to the (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2012). Naming Being – or the Philosophical Content of Heidegger’s National Socialism. Heidegger Studies 28:101-122.
    This contribution discusses the philosophical meaning of the Martin Heidegger’s Rectoral address. First of all, Heidegger’s philosophical basic experience is sketched as the background of his Rectoral address; the being-historical concept of “Anfang”. Then, the philosophical question of the Rectoral address is discussed. It is shown, that Die Selbstbehauptung der deutschen Universität is asking for the identity of human being there (Dasein) in connection with the question about dem Eigenen (the Germans) and dem Fremden (the Greeks). This opposition structuralizes the (...)
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    Vincent Blok (2009). Communication or Confrontation – Heidegger and Philosophical Method. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 1 (1):43-57.
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    Johan Siebers, Tino Meitz, Bart Vandenabeele, Vincenzo Romania & Vincent Blok (2013). Media Processes. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 3.
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    Johan Siebers, Tino Meitz, Bart Vandenabeele, Vincenzo Romania, Vivienne Boon & Vincent Blok (2012). Interpersonal Communication. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 3.
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    Vincent Blok (2013). Towards the Rehabilitation of the Will in Contemporary Philosophy. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 44 (3):286-301.
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    Vincent Blok (2014). The Metaphysics of Collaboration: Identity, Unity and Difference in Cross-Sector Partnerships for Sustainable Development. Philosophy of Management 13 (2):53-74.
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    Johan Siebers, Tino Meitz, Bart Vandenabeele, Vincenzo Romania, Vivienne Boon & Vincent Blok (2012). Literature as Communication. Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication 2.
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  26. Vincent Blok (2010). De Andere Anfang van de Filosofie. Kritische Kanttekeningen Bij Heideggers Filosofische Methode. Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte 102 (4).
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  27. Vincent Blok (2008). Die bändigung Des elementaren: Der Wille zur macht AlS Kunst in Ernst jüngers »der arbeiter«. Existentia 18 (1-2):83-98.
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  28. Vincent Blok (2010). Heidegger and National Socialism or the Question of Philosophical Empiricism. Studia Phaenomenologica 10:273-292.
     
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  29. Vincent Blok (2007). Kontroversen über die sprache.: Die einseitigkeit Von heideggers auseinandersetzung mit Ernst jünger. Existentia 17 (1-2):19-30.
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  30. Vincent Blok (2008). Nietzsche as End and Transition-Heidegger's Confrontation with Nietzsche in the Thirties. Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 70 (4):763-786.
     
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  31. Vincent Blok (2005). Rondom de Vloedlijn: Filosofie En Kunst in Het Machinale Tijdperk: Een Confrontatie Tussen Heidegger En Jünger. Aspekt.
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  32. Jochem Zwier, Vincent Blok & Pieter Lemmens (forthcoming). Phenomenology and the Empirical Turn: A Phenomenological Analysis of Postphenomenology. Philosophy and Technology:1-21.
    This paper provides a phenomenological analysis of postphenomenological philosophy of technology. While acknowledging that the results of its analyses are to be recognized as original, insightful, and valuable, we will argue that in its execution of the empirical turn, postphenomenology forfeits a phenomenological dimension of questioning. By contrasting the postphenomenological method with Heidegger’s understanding of phenomenology as developed in his early Freiburg lectures and in Being and Time, we will show how the postphenomenological method must be understood as mediation theory, (...)
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