Tuesday, March 19, 2019
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What do you read in a text’s silence? “For a sound silence” is about others’ “Heidegger.”
March 4, 2019 | What do you read in the silent, attentive listener? Or the silent, attentive therapist? “Thinking of Heidegger teaching” is precursory (occasioned by a letter to someone), but a good introduction to my employment of Heidegger. I’ll perform some close reading of Heidegger-in-English, eventually; but probably not this spring. (I did so much close reading—from decades back to recent years of the “Heidegger affair”—that he’s part of the way I am. Yet, I don’t live in the middle of the 20th century.)
Thursday, March 7, 2019
I’m saddened that Heidegger’s texts are still objects for broad stroke journalistic polemic, rather than opportunities for philosophy. Heidegger wasn’t being poetic when he appealed to the unmet need for thinking. He appreciated the realities of European nihilism that had led the German university to appease, if not vocally support, the transition of Germany into another war, leading to the Holocaust, echoing in Cold War tendencies toward military-industrial disaster.
Friday, January 4, 2019
Basically, what matters is that living be worthwhile. Something like that is taken for granted, for most folks, without care about definitions. Life goes on, life is, and it’s all too busy too often for time available. The varieties of worthwhile life are too many to cover in any scale of journaling or literature.
I want to suppose an ambitious ideal, for my own purposes—not one I expect others to accept, but it’s admirable, I’m sure. I want to simply refer to “worth-while life” with some specificity that pleases me for other discussions that refer
to “worthwhile life” and merely link here.