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Heidegger's Heimat


Young, JP, Heidegger's Heimat, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, 19, (2) pp. 285-293. ISSN 0967-2559 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/09672559.2011.560478


Nietzsche calls the philosopher the ‘physician of culture’. Heidegger implies something similar when he points out that philosophy of art only began (with Plato) when art (and so life) began to decline.1 Both are making the point that it is the task of authentic philosophy to respond to the needs of the times. The condition Heidegger responds to, it seems to me, is first and foremost the loss of place in the age of modern technology: place not in the sense, merely, of a bounded region of space but in the sense of dwelling- place; Heimat or ‘homeland’. Homeland, says Heidegger, that which is ‘near’ to us. Yet nearness implies farness, fails to appear if ‘remoteness ... remains absent’. In the age of jet travel, television, the internet and the cell- phone, however, everything is being reduced to a ‘uniform distanceless- ness’2 in which nothing is ‘remote’, and so nothing ‘near’, and so nothing a dwelling-place.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Philosophy and Religious Studies
Research Group:Philosophy
Research Field:Hermeneutics
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies
UTAS Author:Young, JP (Dr Julian Young)
ID Code:77303
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Philosophy
Deposited On:2012-03-28
Last Modified:2012-04-16
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