Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Not by Needs nor Nature on simplicity.
Heidegger gives us a lovely example of truthful simplicity. At the beginning of his 1939 lectures on Nietzsche, he writes that thinkers only think one thought, and it comes with great decision. What is lovely about this statement is its invitation for reflection, making this turn of phrase more than just a simplified proposition. There is something within it that activates it. Heidegger’s phrase has to earn its simplicity, and does so by struggling with a poetic truth, provoking us to wonder at its possibilities. Its simplicity is truthful insofar as it invites us to engage with what Heidegger calls its thought-path: that which has in advance provided us with a way to think the thought.
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