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49(2013)4 - Heidegger and the Arts

Andrzej Wiercinski

Introduction

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Of the utmost importance is that we neither take Heidegger’s philosophy for granted, nor act as mere advocates for the continued relevance of his philosophy for contemporary thinkers. However, similar to rethinking the relevance and influence of Karl Marx for intellectuals, at least in the West, over the last over 150 years it seems highly beneficial to address the question of the importance of having a philosophical position on Heidegger. From Max Weber’s notion of the “iron cage of rationality” to Georg Simmel’s “tragedy of culture,” the irrationally rational meaninglessness of modern society, its angst-inducing disenchantment, is not only a prevalent intellectual theme, but a call for rethinking the imperatives of new ethics in the age of science.

(...) I express my profound gratitude to all scholars who accepted my invitation and contributed to this project by critically engaging the historical development of Western philosophy. For Heidegger, this development can best be understood as the progression of metaphysics, which by impoverishingly placing humankind among nature perpetuates the forgetfulness of Being.

 

 
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50(2014)1 - Heidegger and the Ethics

Andrzej Wiercinski

Introduction

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The papers presented in this special issue offer further insight into Heidegger’s influence on contemporary philosophy. In the previous issue of Studia Philosophiae Christianae 49(2013)4, the focal point of our debate was Heidegger’s inspiration for the Arts. In this issue, we briefly address the uneasy relationship between his philosophy and Ethics and Religion, and thus offer a creative horizon for re-reading Heidegger.

 

 
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50(2014)1 - Re-reading Heideger

Andrzej Wiercinski

The lingual mediation of Being and the infinite process of understanding: Gadamer’s radicalization of Heidegger’s question of Being

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Abstract

The extent of Heidegger’s crucial influence on Gadamer’s philosophical hermeneutics became fully visible only relatively recently with the discovery of the young Heidegger. Early Heidegger’s hermeneutics of facticity as an attempt to understand human existence had a profound impact on Gadamer. Gadamer’s hermeneutics opens up the horizon of mediation between the manifestation of Being and human understanding. Language, as the mediation between human beings and the world, discloses their original belonging together: In itself, the word is mediation; the word mediates itself. Gadamer’s radicalization of Heidegger’s question of Being leads him to the fundamental question of human understanding.