Tuesday, September 27, 2016
In the Guardian, an appreciation of NoMeansNo.
[I]n a genre where the minimum entry level is Poundland nihilism and angry sloganeering, few come close to Rob Wright’s ability to illuminate subjects such as body horror, existential crisis, antinatalism, the equal failures of religion, democracy and liberal humanism, the oppressiveness of machismo and the absence of free will with such lucidity and breathtaking poetry. It’s more usual to see this kind of subject matter being discussed in the writing of John Gray, Michel Houellebecq and Eugene Thacker than in punk lyrics; and Wright’s tactic of using “lowbrow”, pop-cultural references to illuminate profound philosophical concepts is reminiscent of the writing of Kurt Vonnegut. (1995’s The Worldhood of the World may not be the only punk album that’s directly inspired by the writing of Martin Heidegger but it’s the only one I can think of off the top of my head.)
Not inspired by Gelassenheit, aurally, apparently.
Monday, September 26, 2016
The fourfold on YouTube.

Silly, really. And there are many gods and mortals, despite there only being one earth and sky. Still, a musical fourfold has possibilities. Rhythm - Melody; Timbre - Volume.
In Tablet magazine, Adam Kirsch assesses the real Heidegger.
Where the ancient Greeks enjoyed a holistic and organic relationship with Being—which for Heidegger is close to, but not quite identical with, what earlier Romantic thinkers meant by Nature—modern philosophy and technology set the individual at odds with Being. Instead of the miraculous background of human existence, Being is reduced to a series of objects that can be mathematically calculated and industrially exploited. These themes dominate Heidegger’s later thought, where he condemns the way of thinking he calls “enframing” (Gestell) and calls humanity to its true role as the “shepherd of Being.” And who is responsible for this modern curse? In his published work, Heidegger traces it all the way back to Plato and Aristotle, suggesting that it was the fate of Western civilization to turn against itself in this way. But in the “Black Notebooks,” he finds a much simpler and more familiar scapegoat
Sunday, September 25, 2016
November 2-4, conference in Bern: Heidegger in the Islamicate World. Including a screening of Heidegger and the Islamic Revolution.
Saturday, September 24, 2016
In the Independent, words of advice for young surgeons.
Kneebone worries about the loss of skills in his profession, he sees the brilliant advancement of technology but believes manual dexterity, a feeling for the materials, how human tissue behaves and how it reacts, needs to be preserved. The German philosopher Martin Heidegger calls profound sensitivity to materials “relatedness”. It’s knowing how hard you can pull and how hard you can’t, which things can separate from other things and which things can’t, where you can use sharp scissors and where you can’t.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
David E. Storey on Naturalizing Heidegger.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Aphelis has alerted me to a new translation of José Feinmann's bio-fic La sombra de Heidegger: Heidegger's Shadow. A proper one, by a couple professors. I can't wait to compare how I did in my fan-translation six years ago, the more middle-voxishly titled, The Shadow of Heidegger.
Babette Babich on Heidegger on Facebook and Twitter
For when Ereignis is not sufficient.

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