Skip to main content

Research Repository

Advanced Search

"'Can a Place Think?" On Adam Sharr's Heidegger's Hut

Clark, Timothy


Timothy Clark


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.


Clark, T. (2008). "'Can a Place Think?" On Adam Sharr's Heidegger's Hut. Cultural Politics, 4(1), 100-121.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2008
Deposit Date Mar 17, 2009
Journal Cultural Politics
Print ISSN 1743-2197
Electronic ISSN 1751-7435
Publisher Duke University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1
Pages 100-121
Keywords Heidegger, Hut, Todtnauberg, Earth, Thinking.