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The Null Basis-Being Of A Nullity, Or Between Two Nothings

RICHARD KEARNEY and KASCHA SEMONOVITCH

in Phenomenologies of the Stranger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780823234615
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240722 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823234615.003.0010

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Null Basis-Being Of A Nullity, Or Between Two Nothings

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Martin Heidegger's discussion of conscience in Division 2 is the most interesting moment in Being and Time. This chapter attempts to show where the ice floe of fundamental ontology begins to crack, for it is there that the questions of the uncanny and the stranger will begin to make themselves heard. At stake will be bringing the human being face to face with its uncanniness, with the utter strangeness of being human: we are the null basis-being of a nullity, a double zero suspended between two nothings. This chapter shows what Heidegger means by guilt, which is something closer to lack in the Lacanian sense or indebtedness than moral guilt or culpability. It rereads the elusive discussion of the “call” of conscience in Division 2 of Heidegger's Being and Time. It demonstrates that when Dasein finds itself, sich befindet, amidst this uncanniness, Dasein hears the stranger voice, die fremde Stimme. Dasein is paradoxically no place: in the gap between two nothings.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; Being and Time; nullity; uncanniness; conscience; guilt; stranger; strangeness; null basis-being; two nothings

Chapter.  4423 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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