Tuesday, January 25, 2011
This year's Institute for Hermeneutic Phenomenology will be on the Bremen Lectures. Andrew Mitchell elaborates:
Heidegger turns his attention to the simple things around us to understand the way that they exist. He calls it “essencing” or the “thinging” of the thing. The thing is not a term for any object whatsoever, but instead names a particular way of being in the world. Heidegger’s consideration of the “fourfold” (a term first used in this lecture) ensures that we think the thing not as an objective entity encapsulated in itself, but instead see things in terms of the relations they hold with the rest of the world. In this lecture, then, we can see how things, too, participate in the “worlding” of the world. This is no longer a privilege for Dasein alone, as in Being and Time, but a new consideration of the things of the world essencing in a singular and unique fashion.
Talk about an intense encounter with the later MH. I should say. I find the syllabus a real challenge.

I wondered if anything like this was being offered in the U.S. I shall be interested to see if I come across any media reactions.

What jumped out at me as most provocative was this comment/question near the end:

"Beyng and Causality: For all his talk of “destiny,” Heidegger is adamant that there is
no causal force either operative upon or issuing from beyng. What is the force of this
claim and what are Heidegger’s arguments in support of it?"
I stumbled across this institute five years ago, and it had already been going on for a few years. I don't think the media's ever noticed. I'm going to try to see if I can get things together to go to this year's.
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