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Insight Into That Which Is [1011]

together. Their unity, however, is determined by the pouring out, to which the jug as jug is correlated. The twofold holding of the empty consequently lies in the outpouring. As this, the holding is authentically how it is. The outpour from out of the jug is a giving [Schenken]. In the gift of the pour there essences the holding of the vessel. This holding requires the empty as what holds. The essence of the holding empty is gathered in the giving. Giving, however, is richer than a mere outpouring. The giving, whereby the jug is a jug, gathers in itself the twofold holding and does so in the outpouring. We name the collection of mountains [der Berge] a mountain range [das Gebirge]. We name the collection of the twofold holding in the outpouring, which together first constitutes the full essence of giving [des Schenkens]: the gift [das Geschenk]. The jughood of the jug essences in the gift of the pour. Even the empty jug retains its essence from out of the gift, even if an empty jug is not capable of an outpouring. But this “not capable” is appropriate to the jug and to the jug alone. A scythe, on the contrary, or a hammer are incapable of achieving the “not capable” of this gift.

The gift of the pour can be a libation. There is water, there is wine to drink.1

In the water of the gift there abides the spring. In the spring abides the stone and all the dark slumber of the earth, which receives the rain and dew of the sky. In the water of the spring there abides the marriage of sky and earth. They abide in the wine that the fruit of the vine provides, in which the



1. Addendum to manuscript page 9:

How does the empty of the jug hold? It takes up what is poured in, in order to preserve it for an outpouring. The empty takes the pour and gives it to such a pouring. The kind of pour makes an impression upon the emptiness of the jug. The pour determines the jughood of the jug. What is authentic of the pour is nevertheless the outpouring. It brings the pour either into a drinking vessel or the pour can be immediately drunk in the outpouring of the jug. The pour of the jug is a libation. Every libation out of the jug is a pour. But not every pour of the jug is a libation. This holds precisely for the authentic pour, which in its outpouring is indeed squandered, but not drunk.

Even the emptiness of the jug remains determined by the pour and in relation to it. The pour can be a libation, insofar as the pour is water or wine.


Martin Heidegger (GA 79) The Thing - Bremen and Freiburg Lectures

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