Introduction to Philosophy_Thinking and Poetizing (Studies in Continental Thought)

Introduction to Philosophy_Thinking and Poetizing (Studies in Continental Thought)

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 0253023807

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First published in 1990 as the second part of volume 50 of Heidegger’s Complete Works, Introduction to Philosophy presents Heidegger’s final lecture course given at the University of Freiburg in 1944 before he was drafted into the German army. While the lecture is incomplete, Heidegger provides a clear and provocative discussion of the relation between philosophy and poetry by analyzing Nietzsche’s poetry. Here, Heidegger explores themes such as the home and homelessness, the age of technology, globalization, postmodernity, the philosophy of poetry and language, aesthetics, and the role of philosophy in society. Translated into English for the first time, this text will be of particular interest to those who study Heidegger’s politics and political philosophy.

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philosophers. “Thinking” understood straightforwardly is philosophy, φιλοσοφία. To be sure, the word “poetizing” can also have an even broader meaning, and can denote as much as the following: to fantasize [etwas erdichten] or to invent something with the purpose of dissembling. However, we immediately understand “poetizing” rather customarily as the activity of those who are called “the poets.” Poetizing, understood strictly as the art of poetry [Dichtung], is “poetry” [»Poesie«]. The word is

philosophers. “Thinking” understood straightforwardly is philosophy, φιλοσοφία. To be sure, the word “poetizing” can also have an even broader meaning, and can denote as much as the following: to fantasize [etwas erdichten] or to invent something with the purpose of dissembling. However, we immediately understand “poetizing” rather customarily as the activity of those who are called “the poets.” Poetizing, understood strictly as the art of poetry [Dichtung], is “poetry” [»Poesie«]. The word is

have rendered as “hearing,” means “to become aware.” It is important to emphasize the connection to wahrnehmen (perception) and Vernunft (reason), which, according to Herman Paul, is related etymologically to vernehmen.—Trans.] 46 Thinking and Poetizing [141] are] unprepared? Just by the fact that we are “interested” in poets and thinkers, or demand them, or are even ready for them, does not mean that we are prepared. We are barely aware of the fact that a preparation is necessary, and we

appears in a determined and determining light, the thinker Plato—propelled by his teacher Socrates—truly saw and thought this out for the first time, and what is decisive is that he attempted to explain this. The explanation he gave is the doctrine of the “ideas”—a doctrine that ever since has dominated the entire thinking of the West. According to this doctrine of ideas, we also speak of what was just mentioned in the following way: In order to find such a thing as “thinking” and “poetizing”

buildings stand and in which realm the trees grow. We barely think about which realm philosophy, thinking, is in and in which realm art is, and what they are. We do not even think about the fact that philosophy and art could themselves in each case be the realms of the sojourn of the human. We are now saying: historical humans are already in philosophy. Humans no longer need to be introduced to philosophy. They cannot just be lead at one point into philosophy nor can they be placed into

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