IV. The Leap [259-260]

138. The truth of beyng and the understanding of being

Preliminary remark: if, without first heeding what was said in Being and Time about the understanding of being, understanding is taken as a kind of determining recognition of the inner "lived experiences" of a "subject" and the one who understands is accordingly taken as an I-subject, then a grasp of what is meant by the understanding of being is doomed to failure. The unavoidable result will be the coarsest misinterpretations, such as the view that the understanding of being makes beyng (beings are actually what is meant) "dependent" on the subject and that everything amounts to an "idealism" (the concept of which, moreover. remains obscure).

To oppose this view, we need to refer to the basic determination of understanding as projection. That means understanding is an opening up and is a projecting of oneself, and a placing of oneself, out into the open realm where in understanding one first comes to oneself as a self.

Furthermore, understanding as projection is a thrown projection, a coming into the open realm (truth) which already finds itself in the midst of opened beings, rooted in the earth and protruding up into a world. Accordingly, the understanding of being as grounding of the truth of being is the opposite of "subjectivation," since it is the overcoming of all subjectivity and of the modes of thought determined on that basis.

In understanding as thrown projection there lies necessarily the turning, in accord with the origin of Dasein; the projector of the projection is a thrown projector—but only in the throwing and through it.

Understanding is the carrying out and taking over of the withstanding steadfastness; it is Da-sein, and taking over is the undergoing wherein what is self-secluding opens itself as maintaining and binding.

139. The essential occurrence of beyng:
Truth and time-space

Beyng essentially occurs; beings are.

Beyng essentially occurs as the event. Belonging to this are the uniqueness and strangeness in the momentariness of the site whose unforeseen incursion is its first broadening out.

6. Cf. The leap and The grounding.

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