Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Gillespie's Hegel, Heidegger, and the Ground of History

A second book quotation, one which serves as an encapsulation of the paper "Historicity, Freedom, and Eschatology in Being and Time," which I will be presenting at the CPA meeting next Tuesday, June 1st. I need to read this book more thoroughly. Also, if this is an encapsulation of my argument, is my paper even necessary? Why say in 15 pages what can be said in a paragraph? Academic self-doubt is a hell of a thing. I also hope that there will be Heideggerians there to put me through the ringer.

…Heidegger offers no prognosis for the future. There is in his view no inevitable or irresistible necessity that impels man toward one particular goal. This does not mean that man has no goal. Rather, man dwells in the question of his goal, i.e., in the question of Being as the question of the character of the relationship of the has been, i.e., the tradition, and the to be, i.e., the goal, as they appear in the is, i.e., the kairos. Man’s place or role in the world arises out of his dwelling within this question and his attendant listening and corresponding to it. It is this question, this aporia, that is in Heidegger’s view the true kairos, the occasion or moment of vision in which man’s destiny within the history of Being is revealed. How man is to be, the character of the ethical and political constellations of human Being can be apprehended only within the kairos of this aporia. (Michael Allen Gillespie, Hegel, Heidegger, and the Ground of History (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986), 164, author’s emphasis)

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