Tuesday, February 26, 2013
In 3 AM, Jeff Malpas on the place of being.
The claim I make in Heidegger's Topology, and elaborated in Heidegger and the Thinking of Place, is that all of Heidegger's thinking is, to be understood as topology – as he himself says, it is a saying of the place of being (Topologie des Seyns). Heidegger only begins to articulate the idea of place in his works after Being and Time, and this is partly a result of his increasing engagement with Holderlin (although it also develops out of his earlier thinking). Place is certainly not to be based on any idea of Cartesian spatiality, but is rather that bounded opening emergence in which things come to presence, in which space spatilaises and time temporalises. In this respect, place stands in a close relation to what Heidegger calls the Event (das Ereignis) which must itself be understood topologically rather then temporally or spatially. Place encompasses space and time (which is why Heidegger sometimes talks of the play of time-space (Zeit-Spiel-Raum).
Malpas' thinking is characterized by the striving to avoid the insight that — after Heidegger, early or late — if place and space are to be explicated philosophically at all, they must be thought as modes of presencing and absencing in the world, and that means first of all: in the Da. Read on at http://www.arte-fact.org/untpltcl/bngtmspc.html#6
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