A Poetics of Homecoming: Heidegger, Homelessness and the by Brendan Odonoghue

By Brendan Odonoghue

This research addresses a urgent nervousness of our time - that of homelessness. Tersely acknowledged, the philosophical value of homelessness in its extra smooth context may be understood to emerge with Nietzsche and his discourse on nihilism, which indications the lack of the top values hitherto. Diverging from Nietzsche, Heidegger translates homelessness as a symptom of the oblivion of being. the aim of the current enquiry is to scrupulously confront humanity's country of homelessness, and even as illumine the level to which Heidegger's inspiration engages with this pervasive phenomenon. In wondering the character of homelessness Heidegger's preoccupations with nihilism and glossy know-how turn out an important. in addition, his makes an attempt to beat or arrange for the overcoming of this nation of homelessness also are of serious import to the present research. Adorno and Levinas provide scathing opinions of Heidegger's proposal because it pertains to the motifs of homelessness, homecoming (Heimkunft) and the German Heimat, as they affiliate it with provincialism and paganism, and so they declare it keeps surreptitious and pernicious political implications. In delivering those evaluations they create to mild the hazards fascinated about venture a homecoming enterprise, and so they additional convey how a very good philosopher can err significantly. even though acknowledging the relevancy of those criticisms, this learn unearths how Heidegger's numerous discourses on homelessness and homecoming endure fruitful insights that may give a contribution not only to a Germanic experience of homecoming yet to a feeling of homecoming that humanity at huge can relate to and be enriched via.

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To convalesce’ (genesen) is the same as the Greek néomai, nóstos. This means ‘to return home’’; nostalgia is the aching for home, homesickness. The convalescent 38 GS, p. 338 Philosophy as Homelessness and Homesickness 39 is the man who collects himself to return home – that is, to turn in, into his own destiny. ”39 For Nietzsche, the aching for home and homesickness is something that is deeply ingrained in German philosophy. ’40 According to Nietzsche, this homesickness springs from a yearning to return to ancient Greece, the only place where one would want to be at home.

Paul Guyer and Allen Wood, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998, p. xxii. , p. xviii. ” 9 Nietzsche’s new found insight proves pivotal to what could be termed a ‘new anthropology’. Outside of the new epistemology, astronomy and anthropology referred to here, humanity still tends to the wounds inflicted by Darwin and his theory of evolution and Freud’s psychological theory that contends that the conscious mind is founded upon the unconscious mind. Additionally, the sense of homelessness or alienation attested to by Hegel in his Philosophy of History and the extensive social critiques provided by Rousseau and Marx also merit recognition as they too engender an important ‘social’ sense of homelessness.

I am a Mana of the mighty Life. Who has made me live in the Tibil, who has thrown me into the body-stump? ] My eyes, which were opened from the abode of light, now belong to the stump. My heart, which longs for the Life, came here and was part of the stump. It is the path of the stump, the Seven will not let me go my own path. How I must obey, how endure, how must I quiet my mind! How I must hear of the seven and twelve mysteries, how must I groan! 2 Homelessness and homesickness have come to be prevalent motifs within philosophical discourse from Greek philosophy right through to modernity and beyond.

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