The Thing

William J. Richardson

in Heidegger

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print January 1993 | ISBN: 9780823222551
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235247 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

The Thing

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This chapter examines “The Thing”, a public lecture before the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in Munich in 1950. In this, Heidegger explores a way to think of Beings through “things” of common experience. He makes his meditation upon the “The Thing” in an effort to recognize what is meant by “near-ness” of things. Being as to-be-thought is considered here as the presenc-ing of polyvalent One-ness. Foundational thought is considered as re-collection upon things, by which mortal man, in full comprehension of his own nature unto Being-as-negatived, tends to Being as it presences in things.

Keywords: The Thing; common experience; near-ness; negativity

Chapter.  4500 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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