Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Wozu Dichter?

 it's blood hard to stop thinking,
to do yoga to intricate being
in nothingness,
    as Heidegger suggested:
non-being is a tier below nothing,
      and i guess automated thinking
comes from non-being,

"after receiving a compliment from a supermarket cashier" by Matthew Conrad,
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Mark Blitz on Martin Heidegger. Bill Kristol compères.
Friday, October 21, 2016

styleishsubstance on the luxuries we love.
Through a nostalgic lens, that coat you love, the bracelet you inherited from your grandmother, the shoes you wore on your 21st birthday are not just objects, they contain life. To get a little philosophical (literally) Heidegger wrote about the ‘fourfold’ and how objects can often contain mini worlds and microcosmic universes as when you use something manmade you imbue it with life. The perfect balance of dwelling within the fourfold which refers to the earth, the sky (the beyond or the future), mortals and the divinities is found by being aware of all four; in other words the past and present, the future, our humanity and finally the divine, whatever that may mean to you.
This is old news but I only heard about this week in a BBC documentary on data: most (97%) Wikipedia articles eventually link to philosophy. Which is as it should be.
Lou Agosta's A Rumor of Empathy in Heidegger's Being and Time
Asharq Al-Awsat on the Nobel prize for ποίησις.
[R]egardless of how many categories of art one comes up with, there is an old consensus that poetry is at the heart of every art form. It was no accident that Aristotle, the father of all categories, named his treatise on the whole of literature as “Poetics”. The ideal man, if he ever existed, would live life poetically (poesitai in Greek). “The essence of all art is poetry,” writes Heidegger. “And the essence of poetry is the instauration of the truth.” Surely, even the Nobel Academy must know that Bob Dylan does not belong to the same category as Tomas Transtromer, the Swedish poet who was given the prize in 2011.
Open the door to the new Homer!
You need something to open up a new door
To show you something you seen before
But overlooked a hundred times or more
You need something to open your eyes
You need something to make it known
That it's you and no one else that owns
That spot that yer standing, that space that you're sitting
-- Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie
Thursday, October 20, 2016
David Calhoun on common ground between Heidegger and Quine.
Just as Quine argued that one observation sentence by itself has no meaning, but only meaning in relation to the whole web of belief, so too does Heidegger argue that it’s inappropriate to speak of the existialia of Dasien without understanding its activity, its be-ing, in the whole of Dasein. That is to say, the whole hermeneutic circle approach.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
In The Paris Review, Martin's letters to Fritz.
I hope that you will read Trump’s book; its first few autobiographical chapters are weak. This man has a remarkable and sure political instinct, and he had it even while all of us were still in a haze, there is no way of denying that. The Alt-Right movement will soon gain a wholly different force. It is not about mere party politics—it’s about the redemption or fall of America and western civilization.
For when Ereignis is not sufficient.

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