Theodore Kisiel on the paradigm shift to the meaning-giving source.
What makes meaning possible at all?
The answer: die Lichtung, the lighted clearing that opens a realm of
intelligibility for the human being. But what then makes the clearing
possible? The answer: das Ereignis, the properizing event of appropriation
that throws us into the unique clearing of intelligibility in which
we happen to find ourselves thrown.
A longer and more detailed account follows the development of
Heidegger’s thought from his repeated failure to complete the published
fragment of Being and Time, which prompts a radical change
in direction of his thought that is gradually made known through his
talks, lecture courses, and writings from the thirties on, most of which
were not published until well after the war. Our story begins with the
repeated attempts to draft the Third Division of the First Part of Being and Time,
entitled “Time and Being,” without success. The fulcrum of
the story is a reconstituted version of “Time and Being” that Heidegger
jotted down, in my estimation, in his “cabin copy” of Sein und Zeit in
the late thirties, and that sketches out the stages of the reversal into the
new direction that the later Heidegger was pursuing (GA 2: 53n):
1. The transcendental difference.
2. Overcoming the horizon as such.
3. The turn around into the source.
4. Meaningful presence out of this source.
From the 2014 Gatherings
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