Marcia Cavalcante


My fields of research are phenomenology, hermeneutics, German Idealism, philosophy of existence and exile, contemporary french philosophy, and relation between philosophy and art.

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Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback, f. 1957

Full Professor in Philosophy

Marcia Sá Cavalcante Schuback was born in Brazil 1957. She made her philosophical studies in Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) where she obtained her PhD exam 1992. Besides her degree in Philosophy, she even studied Architecture and got her degree 1981 1982-1983 she studied at Albert-Ludwigs Universitet in Freiburg in Breisgau in Germany under the supervising of Prof. Ute Guzzoni. Back to Brazil, she developed her studies on the work of Martin Heidegger what made possible her translation into Portuguese of Heideggers major work Being and Time , published 1989 by Vozes Editions. Between 1985 and 1992, she worked ascoordinator for the cultural section of the Forum for Science and Culture of the University Federal of Rio de Janeiro where she also worked as main editor of the Magazine on Philosophy and Aesthetics Arte e Palavra.

Studies on Heidegger showedthe necessity of investigating the romantic and idealistic basis of the new existentialphenomenological concept of temporality as proposed by him. The most challenging philosophical question became since then the one of reconceptualizing metaphysical notions of change, transformation, and beginning. Investigation of new categories needed to grasp these notions beyond traditional dialectics with its understanding in terms of the logic of oppositions became central for her work. Searching for a critical perspective from within idealism itself, she found an important inspiration in the work of F. W. J. Schelling. His critique of dialectics and the idealists concepts of time with focus on the concept of beginning in his late philosophy became the main subject of her doctoral thesis, defended 1992,with the title "The Beginning of God: On the Concept of Beginning in Schellings Late Philosophy" (published as a monograph in 1998, Ed. Vozes), the first book on Schelling ever written in Brazil. 1994 she became Associate Professor at the Instituto de Filosofia e Ciências Humanas of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (IFCS/UFRJ). 1999, she moved to Sweden to start, together with Hans Ruin, the Philosophy Department at University College of Södertörn (Sweden) where she has a position as Associate professor since 2001. 2002 she got her title as "Docent" in Philosophy.

Main fields of research: German Idealism, Hermeneutical Phenomenology, Ancient Philosophy, Contemporary Philosophy with special interest in the relationship between philosophy, poetry and arts, especially music. Main philosophical question is about new temporal and spatial categories to think the experience of a beginning.

Publication list



Olho a olho: ensaios de longe (Rio de Janeiro, 7 letras: 2011) Att tänka i skisser: essäer om bidlens filosofi& filosofins bilder (Göteborg: Glänta förlag, 2011)

Polish translation Pochwała nicości eseje o hermeneutyce filozoficzne – övers. Leonard Neuger, serie Hermeneia, ed. Wydawnichwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellonskiego, 2008. ( ).

Lovtal till Intet (Göteborg: Glänta förlag, 2006)

Dissonansskrift tillsammans med Peter Schuback (Stockholm: Literart, 2004)

Para ler os medievais - ensaio de hermenëutica imaginativa (“Att läsa medeltiden - försök till en imaginativ hermeneutik”) (Petrópolis: Vozes, 2000)

A doutrina dos sons de Goethe a caminho da música nova de Webern (”Goethes tonlära på väg mot Weberns nymusik”) (Rio de Janeiro: UFRJ, 1999)

O começo de deus: a filosofia do devir no pensamento tardio de F. W. J. Schelling (”Gudsbörjan: tillblivelsen filosofi i Schellings sena tänkande”) (Petrópolis: Vozes, 1998)

Towards a phenomenology of silence. In collaboration with Gilvan Fogel och Hans Ruin, 7 Letras, Rio de Janeiro, 1996

I människans tystnad/No silêncio do homem (The Silence of Man) (Rio de Janeiro: 7 Letras, 1995)

O espaço-entre poesia e pensamento (The space between poetry and thinking). serie Teses, ed. UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1986.

Antologies - editor and co-editor

History, Today, special issue of the journal Philosophy Today, co-ed. with Jean-Luc Nancy. Chicago: 2017

The End of the World, co-ed. w. Susanna Lindberg. Rowman & Littlefield, London: 2017

Dis-orientations: Philosophy, literature and the lost grounds of modernity, co-ed. with Tora Lane. Rowman & Littlefield, London: 2015

Phenomenology of Eros, co-ed. with Jonna Bornemark, Södertörn Philosophical Studies, vol. 10, Stockholm: Södertörns Högskola, 2012.

Att tänka smärtan, ed., Södertörn Philosophical Studies 5, Stockholm: Södertörns Högskola, 2009.

Det främmande I det egna. Filosofiska essäer om bildning och person, co-editor with Jonna Bornemark. Södertörn Philosophical Studies, vol. 4, Stockholm: Södertörns Högskola, 2007.

The Pasts presence. Essays on the Historicity of philosophical thought, co-ed. with Hans Ruin, Södertörn Philosophical Studies, vol 3. Stockholm: Södertörns Högskola, 2006.

Ensaios de Filosofia. Homenagem a Emmanuel Carneiro Leão (Essays in Philosophy: Tribute to Emmanuel Carneiro Leão), ed., Petrópolis:Vozes, 1999.

On Anthropophagia, co-ed. with Jonathan Habib, Glänta vol. 3, 1995

Articles, Monograph Chapters, Anthology Chapters

- "Memory in exile" in Research in: Phenomenology 47 (2017) Leiden:Brill, 2017, 175-189

- "Dance, a word" in: International Yearbook for Hermeneutics/Internationales Jahrbuch für Hermeneutik (2016-17) Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 2017

-"Thoughts onthe radical exteriority of Identity" in:Comparative and Continental Philosophy (2017), 1-11

- "The Poetics of the Sketch" in Paul Klee: Philosophical Vision: From nature to art (Boston: Mcmullen Museum of art, 2012)

- "Heideggerian Love" in Phenomenology of Eros, Södertörn Philosophical Studies 10, (Stockholm: Södertörns Högskola, 2012), s. 129-133

- "Det enas bräcklighet" (The fragility of the one) in Tid för Europa, Wittorkc, Jon (ed.), (Göteborg-Daidalos, 2012), s. 177-191.

- "Translation and exile" in Translatability, ed. Arrhenius, S, Bergh, M, Sjöholm, C, (Stockholm: Albert Bonniers Förlag, 2011), s. 180-189.

- "Still/Encore" in Existential Utopia, ed. Michael Marder and Patricia Vieira (London:Continuum, 2011)

- "Notes on Abstract Hermeneutics" Research in Phenomenology nr 41/1, NY: Brill, 2011, p. 45-59. Swedish transl. "Offer och räddning – Jan Patockas läsning av Heideggers Frågan om tekniken" I Fenomenologi, teknik och medialitet, Södertörn Filosofika studier 11, 2011, p. 143-161.

- "Sacrifice and Salvation: Jan Patockas Reading of Heidegger on the Question of Technology" in Jan Patocka and the Heritage of Phenomenology. Centenary Papers, ed. Ivan Chvatík and Erika Abrahms, (Dordrecht/Heidelberg: Springer, 2011), p. 23-39.

- "För en glädjens filosofi" (Towards a philosophy of joy) in Divan 3-4, 2010 (Stockholm) - "Interrupting evil and the evil of interruption: revisiting the question of freedom" in Law and Evil. Philosophy, politics, psychoanalysis, (ed) Ari Hirvonen and Janne Porttikivi, London & New York: Routledge, 2010, p. 41-57.

- "Zur phenomenologischen Kritik am Bild des Menschen als gebildeten Menschen" in Europäische Menschenbilder, edited by Hanna-Barbara Gerl-Falkovitz, Susan Gottlöber, René Kaufmann und Hans Rainer Sepp, Dresden: Eckhard Richter & Co., 2009.

- "Mot en förmodernitetens hermeneutik" i Omodernt. Människor och tankar I förmodern tid, (red.) Mohammad Fazlhashemi & Eva Österberg, Lund: Nordic Academic Press, 2009.

- "Filosofin och det förflutnas äppledoftet", humanistportalen. 2009, - "Immensity and A-subjectivity" in Research in Phenomenology nr. 39/2, NY: Brill, 2009.

- "Några tankar kring förhållandet teknik och natur" i Tankar tillägnade Sören Stenlund, Uppsala Philosophical Studies 54, red. N. Forsberg och S. Rider, , 2008

- "Europas In-betweeness" in Journal for Comparative and Continental Philosophy, forthcoming - "Ambigüité" (p. 11-13), "Amour" (14-17), "Danger/Pèril (Gefahr)" (50-52), "Douleur" (65-67) in Abécédaire Heidegger, ed. Sils Maria/J. Vrin, 2008.

- "Dé-subjectivation, non-personalisme, asubjectivité: Heidegger, Fink, Patocka et la critique phénoménologique de la subjetivité", forthcoming volume ed. by Faculté de Philosophie, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon

- "Criar é imaginar" (Creation is imagination) in Scintilla. Rvista de Filosofia e Mística Medieval, vol. 5, n. 1- jan/jun.2008, p. 77-91

- Mellan Heidegger och Kafka – en reflexion om relationen mellan filosofi och litteratur i teknikens ålder, ( In-between Heidegger and Kafka – a discussion about the relation between Philosophy and Literature in the - Age of technique ( antologi om Estetik- Politik- Lag , utg. Cecilia Sjöholm och Fredrika Spindler, forthcoming. For a portuguese version see - Bildning och litteratur. In: Psykoanalytisk Tid/Skrift, 2008.22-23

- Inledning till Att läsa Platon. ed. Carl Cedeberg, Sympoisum, 2007

- "Person, personne, persona. Some reflections on Heideggers criticism of the concept of person". i Det främmande i det egna - Filosofiska essäer om bildning och person, Red. Jonna Bornemark– Södertörn Philosophical Studies n 4, 2007,

- "Nunc et in aevum: Reflections on St. Augustine: time, music and theology" inSapientia et eloquentia. Meaning and Function in Liturgical Poetry, Music, Drama and Biblical. Commentary in the Middle Ages, edited by Gunilla Iversen and Nicolas Bell, Disputatio 11, Thurnout, Brepols, 2007).

- "Sancta sonantia: Reflections on sounding and meaning". Sapientia et eloquentia. Meaning and Function in Liturgical Poetry, Music, Drama and Biblical Commentary in the Middle Ages, edited by Gunilla Iversen and Nicolas Bell, Disputatio 11, (Turnhout: Brepols, forthcoming, 2007).

- "O nada da arte e o todo da natureza. Uma reflexão sobre a reciprocidade do aparecer da natureza e da natureza do aparecer, segundo alguns acenos de Schelling à luz de Hölderlin". (On the relationship between art and nature in Schelling and Hölderlin). Arte no Pensamento. Org. Fernando Pessoa. Seminários Internacionais Museu Vale do Rio Doce, 2006. p.139- 181.

- "Uppmärksamhetens vetande" (The knowledge of attention) Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press (LiU E-Press), 2006.

- "The Knowledge of Attention". International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being. 2006; 1: 133-140.

- "Europas Zwischendeutigkeit". Über Zivilisation und Differenz. Beiträge zu einer politischen Phänomenologie Europas, utgiven av L. Hagedorn u. Michael Staudigl, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2008.

- "Il sonno ermeneutico. Letture aristoteliche sul sonno" i Giornale di Metafisica. fondato da Michele Federico Sciacca, Anno XXVIII (2006), N. 3- setembre/dicembre, Tilgher-Genova, p. 603-630 - "Ulysses at the Mast". A feast of Logos. Georgia Philosophy Series, editors J. Wirth, M. Schwartz, D. Jones, Georgia, Atlanta, 2005, p. 67-83.

- "Die Gabe und Aufgabe des Währenden" (on the translation of Dasein in Heideggers Sein und Zeit). Studia Phaenomenologica, Romanian Journal for Phenomenology. Vol. V/2005. Bucharest:Humanitas. 2005, p. 201-214.

- "Antropofagiska tankar kring skillnaden" (Anthropophagic thoughts on difference). Glänta 3.95- Antropofagi. Göteborg: Glänta, 2005, p.62-70. - "Philosophie et Religion". LOrient des dieux, vol. V, 2005, Université Saint-Joseph, Faculté des sciences religieuses, Beyrouth, 2005.

- "Filosofia e Religião". Scintilla. Revista de Filosofia e Mística Medieval, vol. 2, n.2, jul/dez. 2005, Curitiba: FFSB, 2005, p. 217-234.

- "Mito e Arte ou do pensar sem pensamentos: a contribuição de Schelling" (Myth and art, or on non-thinking thought: a commentary on Schelling). Sofia. Revista semestral de filosofia, vol X, nr 13-14, Vitória: UFES, 2005, p. 203-229.

- "The Experience of History". The Pasts Presence. Essays on the Historicity of Philosophical Thought. Södertörn Philosophical Studies, n.3, Stockholm: Södertörn Philosophical Studies, 2005, p. 93-109.

- "Afterword" for the new edition of the Swedish translation of Immanuel Kants Religion in the borders of pure reason. Natur och Kultur, Stockholm, 2004.

- "Schelling och frihetsavhandling" (Schelling and Treatise on Freedom). Axess, Stockholm, 2004

- "The gift of joy. Marina Cvetaeva and the phenomenology of joy." Festschrift for Peter Alberg Jensen, 2004.

- "Schelling and the work of experience. Schelling now". Contemporary Readings. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2005

- "Understanding Conscience. A response to Wenche Marit Quist" i Nwip. Philosophical Aspects on Emotions, Thales Föralg, Stockholm, 2005.

- "O medieval e o saber da abnegação" (Medieval Thought and the Question of Abnegation). Scintilla. Revista de Filosofia e Mistica Medieval, vol1, nr 1, Paraná: FFSB, 2004, p. 35-50.

- "Till grekerna själva. Anteckningar om antikens hermeneutik hos Gadamer" (On Gadamers hermeneutics of ancient philosophy). Filosofiska studier, Södertörns Philosophical Studies, 2003

- "The poetics of language". Metaphysics, Facticity, Interpretation, Phenomenology in the Nordic countries, Klüwer Academic Publishers, 2003.

- "Tidens blick "(The Gaze of Time, on temporality in Heidegger). Glänta, Göteborg, 2002 - "Världens metamorfos i människan – om Nietzsches syn på text och tolkning" (On Nietzsches conception of interpretation). Om text. Festschrift for Eva-Lena Dahl. Göteborg, 2002

- "La perpléxité de la présence" in Les Etudes Philosophiques. Juillet-septembre, 2002, PUF, Paris, p. 257- 279.

- "Philosophy and Religion". Teologisk kvartalskrift 2002, årgång 78

- "I rummets tomrum" (In the emptiness of space). Samtidighet- om rum för ritualer, Statens konstråd, 2002, red. Ann Magnusson - "O direito à pergunta" . (Derrida on the justice of the philosophic question). Rev. Nó Górdio, RJ, Brazil, nov 2001.

- "A linguagem do começo" (The language of beginning). Revista de filosofia e literatura da Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo, ES, Brazil, 2001

- "Hölderlin e a questão da tradução". (On Hölderlin and the problem of translation). Clássicos da Teoria da traducao, two language edition. Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, 2001

- "As cordas serenas de Ulisses" (Ulysses strings). Ensaios de Filosofia, Festschrift für Emmanuel Carneiro Leão ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1999, p. 163-179

- "When from the word silence is done" in Towards a Phenomenology of Silence, English-only version, ed. Sette Letras, Rio de Janeiro, 1997, p. 27- 39

- "Preface to a Phenomenology of silence", in Towards a Phenomenology of Silence, English-only version, ed. Sette Letras, Rio de Janeiro, 1997, p. 7-11

- "Para que língua se traduz o Ocidente?" (On Heideggers understanding language). In: O que nos faz pensar, Cadernos do Departamento de Filosofia da PUC, Rio de Janeiro, outubro de 1996, p. 59-75.

- "O aprendiz da natureza" (On the concept of nature in Romanticism). TEMAS & TEXTOS, nova série, n. 2, ed. UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1995, p. 25-33

- "In vino veritas". On Hölderlins concept of tragedy. Divan nr. 10. 1995. Stockholm - "Apresentação de Hipérion". (Introduction in Hölderlins Hyperion). Hipérion, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1994, p. 7-22

- "Pelos caminhos do coração" (Introduction in Hölderlins theoretical essyas). Reflexões, ed. Relume-Dumará, 1994, p. 7-17

- "O silêncio da totalidade". (On Angelus Silesius mysticism and concept of reason). Anais dos encontros da Sociedade de estudos de filosofia do século XVII, Curitiba, 1994, p. 68-87.

- "Nel silenzio del uomo". (Aphorisms about music and philosophy, Lunaci, Rome, November 1994

- "A palavra do começo". On Schellings concept of language. ECO, Publicação da Pós-graduação em Comunicação e Cultura 2, ECO/UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1992, p. 11-24.

- "A razão da imanência". (On Heidegger, lógos and history). Razão/Desrazão, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1992, p. 99-114

- "Introdução à essência da Liberdade Humana de F.W. Schelling" (Introduction in Schellings Treatise on Human Freedom. A essência da liberdade humana, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1991, p. 7-15

- "Notas sobre a poesia". (On language, myth, and existence in relation to Rilke and Heidegger), in Arte e Palavra, ed. FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1989.

- "Heidegger e a questão da liberdade" (Heidegger and the question of freedom), i Revista de Cultura Vozes, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1989, p. 57-88.

- "Arte e Técnica" (On Heidegger, Art, and Technique), i Revista Filosófica Brasileira, Departamento de Filosofia da UFRJ, vol. III, n. 4, dez. 1988, p. 91-99

- "A crítica e o labirinto das perspectivas" (On Kants critique of judgment), i Arte e Palavra I, ed. FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro,1986, p. 24-31

On art, poetry and music (non-academic essays)

Quando a côr se pôs a caminho( on Adriano de Aquinos paintings) Tidskriften Módulo, Rio de Janeiro, 1984, p. 19-23

Vertente em Arquipélago, (On René Chars poetry). Tidskriften Alguma Poesia, ano II, n.2 juli/september 1985, p.14

A morte de um poeta (The death of the poet). Arte e Palavra III, ed. FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, p. 67-70

Série Negra. Text for the catalogue, exhibition of art by Adriano de Aquino 1988

Tramontata è la luna (Presentation of Peter Schubacks composition under the same title), 1989

När världen skäms att tveka . (On music and technology).Nutida Musik , nr. 3, Stockholm, 1991, p. 33-34 Entre dois mundos (Between two worlds).

Les langues néo-latines, 86 année, Fascicule 2. 2tr, n. 281, Paris, 1992, p. 90.

Poesia Alemã Contemporânea (Contemporary German poetry). Selection and editorial work with Stefan Opitz. Poesia Sempre. ed. Biblioteca Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, 1994.

A plástica da concepção . On Joseph Beuys. Gávea, tidskrift för bildkonst och estetik, 1998.

An ears knot - conjectures about the concept of Gesamtkunstwerk, Site Magazine, Stockholm, 2004

Litteraturen i landsflykt från filosofin (Literature in exile away from philosophy). Glänta 4.04, Göteborg.

Bilding och filosofi: en brevväxling, Högskoleverket rapport 2006: 27

Poesia Sempre. Suécia. Anthology of Swedish Poets. Organ. Translation and presentation. Fundacao Biblioteca Nacional, 2006

Maulwerke– om musikens skrik (Maulwerke: Music screaming), Kulturen, 2007-01-12,

Om ljudkonst (On sound art). Nutidamusik, Januari 2007

"What is image?" in Visual Playgrounds. Cristina David & Anna Nyberg, catalogue of exhibition, The Romanian Cultural Institute of Stockholm, 2009.

"Före födelsen, efter döden - eller livet som skiss", i Omkonst, konstnären skriver om konst, on line tidskrift,

Regarder limmense (Les paysages de Rembrandt),

Co-editor with Magnus William-Olsson of "Tema: Brasilien", Lyrikvännen 1/12,

Poesia sempre. Islândia. Anthology of Icelandic Poets. Organ, translation and Presentation. Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, 2012

Translations into Portuguese

C.G. Jung: Psychogenesis der Geisteskrankheiten, Obras Completas de C. G. Jung, vol. III, ed.Vozes, Petrópolis, 1986. I. Kant : Die Analytik des Schönen (1.Teil der Kritik der Urteilskraft), i Arte e Palavra I, ed.FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1986, p. 54-79. M. Heidegger: Die Kunst und der Raum i Arte e Palavra II, ed.FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1987, p. 91-96 H. Rombach : Philosophie und Poesie, i Arte e Palavra II, ed.FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1987, p. 43-51 C. G. Jung: Gegenwart und Zukunft, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1988. C. G. Jung: Aufsätze über die Zeitgennössige Geschichte, ed.Vozes, Petrópolis, 1988. M. Heidegger : Sein und Zeit, Parte I, ed.Vozes, Petrópolis, 1988. M. Heidegger: Sein und Zeit, Parte II, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1989. F. W. von Schelling 1.Vorlesung aus der Philosophie der Mythologie , i Arte e Palavra IV, ed. FCC-UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 1989, p. 67-83 F.W von Schelling : Über das Wesen der menschlichen Freiheit, ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1991. F. Hölderlin. Hyperion. ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 1994. F. Hölderlin. Aufsätze. ed. Relume-Dumará, Rio de Janeiro, 1994. Kirkeby, Per. Efterbilder. Danska till portugisiska. Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, 1994 W. Dilthey. Friedrich Hölderlin. Ed. Topbooks, kommande i år M. Heidegger. Heraklit. GW 55, ed. Relume-Dumará, RJ, 1997. M. Heidegger. Vorträge und Aufsätze. Ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 2002. M. Heidegger. Unterwegs zur Sprache. Ed. Vozes, Petrópolis, 2003. Edith Stein. Was ist Philosophie? O que é filosofia? Uma conversa entre Edmund Husserl e Tomás de Aquino. i Scintilla. Revista de Filosofia e Mística Medieval, vol. 2, n.2, jul/dez. 2005, Curitiba: FFSB, 2005, p. 301-332. Martin Heidegger. Phänomenologie und Theologie. O problema de um pensar e dizer não objetivantes na teologia atual. i Scintilla. Revista de Filosofia e Mística Medieval, vol. 2, n.2, jul/dez. 2005, Curitiba: FFSB, 2005, p. 333-343. Paul Klee. Confissão criadora. i Sofia. Revista semestral de Filosofia, Vitória: UFES, 2005, p. 271-277. M. Heidegger, Martin. Sein und Zeit, reworked translation, Petrópolis: Vozes, 2006. M. Heidegger. Fragmenten über Paul Klee. Fragmentos sobre Paul Klee. Revista Sofista, UFES, 2008. F. Hölderlin. Reworked translation with images by Carl Rottmann (Rio de Janeiro: Forense Universitária, 2012)

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