Sunday, January 02, 2005

A Moment in the Text, ends a post entitled Heidegger with a quote from a poem of Hölderlin. The quote appears in What is Called Thinking?, where Heidegger focuses on Socrates' answer to the question about deep thought, and love.
Curious rationalism which bases love on thinking! And an unpleasant kind of thinking which is about to become sentimental! But there is no trace of any of this in that line. What the line tells we can fathom only when we are capable of thinking. And that is why we ask: What is called thinking--and what does call for it?

We shall never learn what "is called" swimming, for example, or what it "calls for," by reading a treatise on swimming. Only the leap into the river tells us what is called swimming. The question "What is Called Thinking?" can never be answered by proposing a definition of the concept thinking, and then diligently explaining what is contained in that definition.
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