Rhythm and Technics: On Heidegger’s Commentary on Rimbaud

In: Research in Phenomenology

This article takes up Heidegger’s commentary on Rimbaud’s Lettres du voyant as the starting point for an exploration of the question of rhythm in Heidegger’s thought, and an attempt to situate it within his understanding of technics and Being. Besides pursuing a historical study of the concept of rhythm in Heidegger’s work, this article proposes to understand rhythm through the concept of individuation. It responds to the French philosopher Jacques Garelli’s critique of Heidegger that the latter ignores the question of individuation and always starts with beings that are already individuated. On the contrary, this article attempts to sketch a theory of individuation of rhythm in Heidegger’s proper thinking through a re-interpretation of the Fug—a word he used to translate the Greek word δίκη and words derived from it: joint (Fuge), structure (Gefüge), submission (sich fugen), etc.

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    J. Gosetti-FerenceiHeidegger Hölderlin and the Subject of Poetic Language: Toward a New Poetics of Dasein (New York: Fordham University Press1994) 233.

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  • 5

    Rudolf Boehm“Pensée et technique. Notes préliminaires pour une question touchant la problématique heideggerienne,” Revue Internationale de Philosophie Vol. 14 No. 52 (2) (1960) pp. 194–220.

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  • 8

    In Heidegger trans. HofstadterPoetry Language Thought (San Francisco: Harper2001) 95.

  • 9

    Ibid.115.

  • 12

    HeideggerPoetry Language Thought102.

  • 15

    Ibid.282.

  • 18

    J. GarelliRhythmes et Mondes au revers de l’identité et de l’altérité (Grenoble: Jérôme Millon1991) 18.

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    G. SimondonL’individuation à la lumière des notions de forme et d’information (Grenoble: Jérôme Millon2005) 79.

  • 20

    Ibid. pp. 85–97.

  • 21

    H. MeschonnicCritique du Rhythme. Anthropologie historique du langage (Lagrasse: Verdier1982) 173.

  • 24

    Ibid.1300.

  • 25

    GarelliRhythmes et Mondes384.

  • 26

    GarelliRhythmes et Mondes308. In fact the citation that Garelli believed to be from Heidegger’s Parmenides is only a summary there is no exact sentence like this. The closest one is as follows: “In handwriting the relation [Bezug] of Being to man namely the word is inscribed in beings themselves. The origin and the way of dealing with writing is already in itself a decision about the relation [Bezug] of Being and of the words to man and consequently a decision about the comportment [Verhältnis] of man to beings and about the way both man and thing stand in unconcealedness or are withdrawn from it” ga 54: 125/85.

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  • 35

    BoehmPensée et technique195.

  • 39

    BambachThinking the Poetic Measure of Justice174.

  • 42

    H. Dreyfus“Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology,” in Heidegger Re-examined Vol. 3: Art Poetry and Technologyeds. Hubert Dreyfus and Mark Wrathall (New York: Routledge2003) 165.

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  • 49

    Dreyfus“Heidegger on Gaining a Free Relation to Technology” 167.

  • 52

    Ibid.227; translation in Rimbaud Complete: Poetry and Prose trans. Wyatt Mason (New York: Modern Library 2003) 369.

  • 57

    Ibid.311.

  • 58

    See B. StieglerTechnics and Time vol. 2 Disorientation (Stanford: Stanford University Press2009) 75; and G. Simondon Du mode d’existence des objets techniques 59.

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