Introduction to Philosophy_Thinking and Poetizing (Studies in Continental Thought)
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First published in 1990 as the second part of volume 50 of Heidegger’s Complete Works, Introduction to Philosophy presents Heidegger’s final lecture course given at the University of Freiburg in 1944 before he was drafted into the German army. While the lecture is incomplete, Heidegger provides a clear and provocative discussion of the relation between philosophy and poetry by analyzing Nietzsche’s poetry. Here, Heidegger explores themes such as the home and homelessness, the age of technology, globalization, postmodernity, the philosophy of poetry and language, aesthetics, and the role of philosophy in society. Translated into English for the first time, this text will be of particular interest to those who study Heidegger’s politics and political philosophy.
the height of the future home. Therefore, the unity of both poems is expressed by a title that reads: “Pity here and there” (vol. VIII, p. 358). Only once we carefully attend to all of this will we perhaps arrive at the fundamental attunement of that homelessness that attunes Nietzsche’s thinking. This homelessness does not sink into a homesickness that yearns backward; instead it wants to go forward, i.e., away from the dullness of rationality, out into the open air of the spirit, away from the
the Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra [85–86] 65 earth. The human as the subject of production. The earth as the core area of the objectivity of world use: the forgetfulness of beyng, the remoteness of history, neglect; humans and thinking; thinking and language; thinking in the age of neglect; that which has been spoken of this thinking: Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Who is Zarathustra?—What is his language like?—What is he within it? Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra The interpretation: to
Nietzsche and the Poet Hölderlin §1. The Impossibility of an Intro-duction to Philosophy §2. The Need for a Guide to Become at Home in Genuine Thinking §3. The Manifold Ways for a Guide to Genuine Thinking. The Question: “What Now Is?” §4. The Consideration of Thinking in its Relation to Poetizing as One of the Ways for a Guide to Genuine Thinking. Nietzsche and Hölderlin §5. The Confrontation with Thinking that Encounters us Historically: Nietzsche’s Main and Fundamental Thought Review
point in time of the human’s historical existence [Daseins]. This question may at times remain unexpressed. It can hide itself in different versions and circumlocutions to the point of being unrecognizable. However, it can be reduced everywhere and without forcefulness to the simple formula: What now is? All thinkers ask in their time about that which is. This question of thinking emerges in an experience through which thinking is determined by what prevails as the “ground” [»Grund«] of that
be easily understood and were written for immediate household use, as though anyone could read around in them and look up any number of sayings according to their needs. But this appearance [Schein] of ease and superficiality is the real difficulty in this philosophy, since this appearance, through the impressionable and charming quality of its language, seduces us into forgetting the thought. We do not reflect [besinnen] any further about the realms out of which the thinker actually speaks, or