Friday, February 24, 2012
Excerpts from Christine Swanton's "Heideggerian Environmental Virtue Ethics".
In this chorus of his song "Like a Rolling Stone" Dylan succinctly describes four aspects of not dwelling:
To be without relationships,
To have no sense of home,
To be unknown, forgotten, invisible,
To be a perpetual wanderer, with no roots.
Consider now the orientation to the world that is appropriate to Dasein as a being that dwells. Recall that an orientation consists of nested modes of "primordial" disclosure: states of mind—notably understanding and emotional attunement—that themselves are made possible through discourse, our communicative relation to our fellow human beings. Such orientation "opens up" the world in ways that we explicate in the next two sections. What then is the fundamental orientation of dwelling? This orientation "opens up" the world as "holy."
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(1) We are open to the mystery of the world as a whole (Being). That is we must recognize that being open to the world in a certain way is always at the same time being closed to it—the world ‘‘withdraws’’ in that respect.
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(2) We are open to the mystery of the world as a dwelling place, and as a dwelling place the world consists of the "four-fold"; "earth," "sky," "mortals," and "gods."
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(3) We are open to the world of the four-fold as something to care for and as something in which we have confidence that we will be cared for.
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(4) We are open to the world as a caring and to be cared for four-fold as a local dwelling place, local with respect to time (as a world with a heritage), and local with respect to place. Our dwelling place is our place, and is thus special to us. This feature is essential to a sense of rootedness, so important for dwelling.
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