On the shift of attitude

On the small example from Hölderlin’s Ister.

“The unhomely one is deprived of the homely; deprivations is the way in which the unhomely one possesses the homely, or to put it more precisely, the way in which whatever is homely possesses the unhomely one.”[1] (HIE75)

The reversal, which Heidegger stresses here, is one of the “technical moves” he often makes in his later writings. This reversal often illustrates the difference between his new way of thinking and the “metaphysical” attitude. We will talk about it much more at the end Chapter 1, what is important to point out at this point is that in this move, in the relationship that is talked about, in this case between the human being who is unhomely and the homeliness which has to do with being itself, Heidegger reverses the two sides of relationship, making the one that was assumed to be somehow less important into the one that in truth is more important. Continue reading

Hölderlin “Der Archipelagus”

Last few lines of this elegy as quoted by Heidegger in Hölderlins Hymne Der Ister (D88, E72)

Aber du, unsterblich, wenn auch der Griechengesang schon

Dich nicht feiert, wie sonst, aus deinen Woogen, o Meergott!

Töne mir in die Seele noch oft, dass über den Wassern

Furchtlosrege der Geist, dem Schwimmer gleich, in der Starken

Frischem Glüke sich üb’, und die Göttersprache, das Wechseln

Und das Werden versteh’, und wenn die reissende Zeit mir

Zu gewaltig das Haupt ergreifft und die Noth und das Irrsaal

Unter Sterblichen mir mein sterblich Leben erschüttert,

Lass der Stille mich dann in deiner Tiefe gedenken.