The Continually Expanding Limits of Hermeneutics: Heidegger on Poetic Expression, Nature, and the Holy

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This article sets itself the task of explicating and assessing Heidegger’s hermeneutically expansive analyses of the ‘holy,’ ‘poetic expression,’ and ‘nature’ in his 1934/35 and 1944 Hölderlin lectures. The piece looks specifically at how Heidegger rearticulates poetic expression and nature through the fundamental attunement of ‘holy mourning’, which he finds in Hölderlin’s Germanien. I demonstrate how these two lecture courses, published as ga 4 and ga 39, offer us important insights into the development of Heidegger’s reflections on the holy and poetic expression and in fact function as instructive bookends when it comes to understanding the role of the “last god” in Heidegger’s Contributions to Philosophy and the talk of ‘the first’ and ‘the other beginning’ found therein. The article examines such issues as the poet as mediator, Heidegger’s non-dialectical employment of mediation and the limits of mediation, nature and the holy, the fundamental attunement of ‘holy mourning,’ the dangerousness of language, and the relation between humans and gods.

The Continually Expanding Limits of Hermeneutics: Heidegger on Poetic Expression, Nature, and the Holy

in Research in Phenomenology

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2

See Andrew J. Mitchell“The Fourfold” in The Bloomsbury Companion to Heideggereds. François Raffoul and Eric S. Nelson (London: Bloomsbury2013) 299.

3

H.G. Gadamer“The Artwork in Word and Image: ‘So True, So Full of Being!’ ” in The Gadamer Reader: A Bouquet of the Later Writingsed. Richard Palmer (Evanston: Northwestern University Press2007) 217–218.

7

See Hölderlin“Anmerkungen zum Oedipus,” in Sämtliche WerkeBd. v (Leipzig: Insel Verlag 1914).

8

See Jean Greisch“The Eschatology of Being and the God of Time in Heidegger,” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 4 (1996): 33–36. See also Jean Greisch “Interview of December 2 1999” in Dominque Janicaud Heidegger in France trans. François Raffoul and David Pettigrew (Indiana University Press 2015) 378.

15

See William McNeillThe Time of Life: Heidegger and Ethos (Albany: State University of New York Press2006) 144.

17

See Jean Greisch“The Eschatology of Being and the God of Time in Heidegger,” International Journal of Philosophical Studies 4 (1996): 38.

19

Robert BernasconiThe Question of Language in Heidegger’s History of Being (Atlantic Highlands: Humanities Press International1993) 39.

20

Seamus Heaney“Atlas of Civilization,” in The Government of the Tongue: Selected Prose 1978–1987 (London: Faber & Faber1989) 70.

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