Monday, October 15, 2012
Owning positionality.
One is unjustly jarred by this word. Instead of "placing" [Stellen] we also say "setting" [Setzen] and find nothing wrong in our use of the word "law" [Gesetz]. We understand the word "positionality" as corresponding to the word "law." Positionality is the collection of standards for all setting, placing, and ordering, wherein the human and being concernfully approach one another. Positionality lets the human and being belong to each other in a bewildering manner. It is bewildering because we no longer find what positionality means within the representational horizon that lets us think the being of beings. For at one time, that which is to be thought in the word "positionality" did not lie over against the human. Positionality no longer concernfully approaches us like being as presencing [An-wesen]. Positionality first determines being in a togetherness with the human. But what is it to be thought in the word "positionality" is bewildering above all because it itself is nothing final, but first playfully solicits of us that which genuinely reigns through the contemporary constellation of the human and being.
The belonging-together of the human and being in the manner of a reciprocal challenging forth brings startlingly nearer to us both that and how the human is brought into the ownership of being and being is delivered into the ownership of the human essence. In positionality [das Ge-Stell] there reigns a bringing into ownership [Vereignen] and a delivering into ownership [Zueignen]. It is worth simply experiencing this owning [Eignen] wherein the human and being are appropriated [ge-eignet] to each other, i.e., enter into what we name the event of appropriation [Ereignis].
P. 116-7
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