Heidegger's Critique of Subjectivity and the Poetic Turn

Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei

in Heidegger, Hölderlin, and the Subject of Poetic Language

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780823223602
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235254 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Heidegger's Critique of Subjectivity and             the Poetic Turn

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Martin Heidegger's poetics, especially its Hölderlinian elements, can be understood only within the context of a consideration of his theory of Being in its broader development. What is important here is that the trajectory of Heidegger's ontological concerns spans several stages, from his early treatments of facticity to his later theory of language, and at each stage the strategies of phenomenological engagement shift accordingly. At each stage, however, it can be said that a continuity with the whole of Heidegger's thought—despite the well-known notion of the “turn” and the suggestion of a radical break with his earlier work—is maintained by the persistence of a dual concern: a critique of the modern model of subjectivity, and the analysis of the subject's “forgetting” of Being. This chapter traces Heidegger's philosophy through the guiding motif of the subject's “forgetting” and its relationship on one hand to facticity and on the other to artistic-poetical creation. In order to outline the phenomenological and ontological movements in Heidegger's thought, a brief outline of what Heidegger calls phenomenological ontology is presented.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; poetics; theory of language; subjectivity; Being; phenomenological ontology; forgetting; philosophy; facticity

Chapter.  14239 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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