The Politics of Sacrifice

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

The Politics of Sacrifice

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Martin Heidegger's views of poetic dwelling—his alternative to modern metaphysics and its reduction of the lifeworld to mere objectivity and static presence—vacillate between reference to factical life and a striving toward pure ontology, such as when he articulates the event or occurrence, Ereignis, apart from the specificity of what occurs. This duality perhaps mirrors a deeper division within Heidegger's post-Being and Time thought, when Heidegger describes dwelling alternatively in Gelassenheit terms and in terms of an original violence. Poetic language, despite its relation to sacrifice, dismantles destiny and resoluteness just as it upsets the victory of reason over the imagination. It challenges Heidegger's association of poetic language, and therefore dwelling, with violence and with the violence of “purity”.

Keywords: Martin Heidegger; poetic dwelling; modern metaphysics; ontology; Ereignis; poetic language

Chapter.  13261 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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