Beyond Theism and Atheism: Heidegger’s Significance for by Robert S. Gall (auth.)

By Robert S. Gall (auth.)

My first yr in graduate tuition marked by means of preliminary expo­ guaranteed to Heidegger and a few of his very important early essays. At tha~ time, dissatisfied with the kingdom within which "religious inspiration" lay, i used to be speedy struck via the capability Heidegger provided for breaking new flooring in a box that had seeming­ ly exhausted itself by way of remodeling the standard concerns and solutions. That perception, besides the conviction that Heideg­ ger were misused and misunderstood through theologians and non secular thinkers ever in view that he burst upon the highbrow scene with the publ ication of Sein und Zei t, grew all through my graduate occupation and led to a dissertation on Heidegger and spiritual pondering, of which the current textual content is a revised and up to date model. this article displays my trust that Heid­ egger, while "properly" understood on such concerns as fact, God (and gods), and "faith", offers us with a different voice and imaginative and prescient that can not be co-opted into any type of theology -- be it adverse, existential, dialectical or Thomistic -­ and certainly heavily demanding situations the viability of any "theol­ ogy".

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Point out, interpret and explain, a context of relations in our comportment toward beings. Heidegger calls the relational totality of signifying "significance" [Bedeutsamkeit], and it is that, already disclosed in our comportment toward beings, which is the wor Id (GP 410; SZ 116-171. World is then for Heidegger that in terms of which beings are what they are; they are significant only by virtue of world. World is thus not a being within-the-world, but what determines and makes possible the manifestation of beings within-the-world (though not as abstractions or categories of beings in general).

19. , pp. 208-209. Cf. Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, 203, for Nietzsche's thoughts on the anxiety one suffers when one knows of the danger that man degenerates and what may yet be made of man. 20. James M. Robinson, "The German Discussion of the Later Heidegger," in The Later Heidegger and Theolcqy, ed. James M. Robinson and John B. Cobb, Jr. (New York: Harper & Row, 1963), p. 12. 21. Krell, "Nietzsche and the Task," p. 294. 22. Noteworthy in this regard is Heidegger's discussion of authentic historiography (in which, incidentally, he explicitly cites Nietzsche) (SZ 523-24), which illustrates the questionworthy/questionable tension in Heidegger's thinking in the monumental and critical modes that are essential to authentic historiography.

Back to earth. Such thinking as is now demanded must remain faithful to the earth, whereby to "sin against the earth" and "to esteem the entrails of the unknowable higher than the meaning of the earth" is the most dreadful thing. IS Zarathustra puts it most eloquently: Remain faithful to the earth, my brothers, with the power of your virtue. Let your gift-giving love and your knowledge serve the meaning of the earth. This I beg and beseech you. Do not let them flyaway from earthly things and beat their wings against eternal walls .

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