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Going by the introduction by George Steiner to the luminous thoughts of Martin Heidegger, it looks certain that Steiner is willing to run the marathon race and he immensely enjoys it. He is not an ordinary critic. The issue with the ordinary critics is that the moment they do not comprehend the writings of an author, such thoughts are labeled as controversial. Didn’t the fox, after abandoning the efforts, say that the grapes were sour, when it could not reach out to the dangling, juicy bunches? The experience-level mind doesn’t move on the beaten track. It takes up unexpected and amazing unchartered paths. The thought-process emanates from the original impulse. Their convictions are undoubted; their explanations borders devotion. They are not available for second-opinions or for revisions. Their ‘first manuscript’ is the ‘final manuscript’. The problem with the specialists is they go on analyzing the leaf to such an extent (its size, shape, color etc), that they forget that the root is
the original cause of leaf! Or even further—Mother Earth is the original cause…or even further on and on… No written sentences and paragraphs can arrest the spirit. The spirit by itself is the arresting as well as the freeing authority. So, to say ’eureka’ one should be able to grasp the true nature of the spirit. Once a difficult problem of mathematics is solved, the steps look so simple...Yes, only when it is solved! Before that how many times the climber has slipped from the steps of the ladder? Is it the fault of the ladder?
Nobody will ever get to the bottom of the Being (this vast ocean is bottomless) It is impossible to define it, but the process of trying to know it, is rich and rewarding. At every step of the progress, one feels that the effort is worthwhile. Let me repeat, one’s reward is in the process of trying to know it! The problem for a lay reader is to understand Heidegger’s language. George
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For Heidegger, philosophy or the understanding of experience is already embedded in the world, therefore centuries of conditioning of how we should interpret the experience are already there, making the interpretation not as unique as one would think because it is already influenced by history and other stuff.
Firstly, the researcher discusses how Heidegger defines enframing as the restructuring of natural environment using modern technology. Here, he tackles the issue of modern technology by understanding its essence. Thereafter, he separates the essence of technology into a simpler manner that can easily relate to man.
What did Heidegger mean by das Gestell? How useful is this term as critical concept in relation to everyday life today?
The purpose of putting forward the concern for technology was essentially to understand the importance of the increasing use of technology and the technical development of the world for the industrial progress.
Heidegger, in the second division of Sein und Zeit, tries to strengthen this preparatory investigation by what he refers to as Dasein’s ‘primordial existential interpretation. As described by Heidegger (1978), “The full existential-ontological conception of death may now be defined as follows: death, as the end of Dasein, is Dasein’s ownmost possibility—non-relational, certain and as such indefinite, not to be outstripped” (p.
The latter is of great controversy when dealing with intersubjectivity, “that meeting of minds by which two selves take each other's meaning with reference to the same object beheld in common.” This is what intersubjectivity is all about, i.e. an account of the way a human being is molded or formed as a subject through ones own relations to other subjects.
He has a radical explanation to the concept always elaborating on the difficulties that death itself presents thereby making its analysis impossible. He believes that people lean best through experience (Heidegger and Joan 11). Men have the ability to experience all other factors thereby acquiring effective knowledge about them.
He made significant contribution for the development of ontology, i.e. study of being. He practiced phenomenological analysis of human existence in an attempt to access being, with reference to the temporal and historical character. He also discussed the nihilism of modern technology, and its generated society and tried to correlate the thoughts and perspectives of the western philosophical tradition with the question of being.
Martin Heidegger one of the most original thinkers of twentieth century, had his main focus on Ontology or the study of being. In his famous treatise, Being On Time he gave a phenomenological analysis to being (Sein), human existence (Dasein) and later explained the Nihilism in modern technological society.