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meditations (lectures on the "historiology of philosophy") is in no way different from what subsequent scholarship would still present as a finished history of philosophy.

Historical meditations can be taken, even usefully, simply as historiological and rectifiable considerations and perhaps even as discoveries, without any intimation of history breaking through in them, i.e., of the history which is the one of beyng itself and which bears the decisions of all decisions.

It is on the ground of the thinking of beyng in its historicality that historical meditations can be carried out. But what if the essence of thinking has been lost to us and "logic" has been predestined to commandeer "thinking," even though "logic" itself is indeed merely a vestige of the powerlessness of thinking, i.e., of unsupported and unprotected questioning in the abyss of the truth of being? And what if "thinking" retains validity only as the faultless drawing of conclusions within the correct representation of objects, i.e., as the avoidance of that questioning?


83. Being, according to all metaphysics


According to metaphysics, being can be found in beings, specifically in such a way that thinking goes beyond beings

The more exclusively thinking turns toward beings and seeks for itself a foundation that is most eminently (cf. Descartes and the modern era), all the more decisively does philosophy withdraw from the truth of beyng.

Yet how could the metaphysical renouncement of beings be possible—or how would it be possible to renounce metaphysics—without falling prey to "nothingness"?

Da-sein is the grounding of the truth of beyng.

The less that humans are beings, the less that they adhere obstinately to the beings they find themselves to be, all the nearer do they come to being [Sein]. (Not a Buddhism! Just the opposite.)


84. Beings


in their emergence to themselves (ancient Greece); caused by a highest instance of their essence (Middle Ages); things present at hand as objects (modern era).

The truth of beyng is veiled more and more, and increasingly remote is the possibility that this truth as such could become the grounding power or could even be known at all.


Contributions to Philosophy (of the Event) (GA 65) by Martin Heidegger