Zur Sache des Denkens

To the cause of thinking

This volume’s first part, published by Niemeyer in 1969, contains the 1962 address “Time and Being” and “protocols” (transcripts of the proceedings) of a seminar on the address, the 1964 address “The End of Philosophy and the Task of Thinking,” and “My Way into Phenomenology,” a 1963 contribution to a collection honoring Hermann Niemeyer. The second part contains seven short parts of texts, ranging from Heidegger’s announcement of SZ and a letter to Husserl in 1927 to notes to a 1969 oral presentation before a small circle, following a reading of “My Way into Phenomenology.”

“Time and Being” revisits the theme from the third, unpublished part of SZ under that title, albeit from the post-SZ standpoint where the center of gravity for thinking time and being is the “appropriating event” (Ereignis). Two distinctive characteristics of the latter are flagged, its withdrawal and the way it brings human beings into their own, i.e. human beings who take up (vernehmen) being and remain steadfast in authentic time (14: 28). The “end of philosophy” is the consummation of metaphysics, as its inquiry into the being of beings issues into the complete reign of sciences whose approach is fundamentally technological. Whereas this end of thinking from its first beginning in the West is the culmination of the thinking that entertains only what is afforded by the clearing, the task of thinking is precisely to think the clearing itself (88, 90).