V. The Grounding [307-309]

grounding of Da-sein as the fathoming of the ground, i.e., of the truth of beyng

Ground - founding - bearing - covering

Abyssanddistorted ground
of being
occurrence of nothingnessdecomposition

There is an originary and essential relation between ground and truth, provided truth is understood as the clearing-concealing. The relation between ratio and veritas iudicii, which becomes visible (cf. especially Leibniz) in the history of the answers to the guiding questions, is only a very superficial semblance of the original relation.

Truth, and with it the essence of ground, becomes temporallyspatially dis-joined. But time and space are therewith grasped originarily, on the basis of truth, and are essentially related to the ground.

In Being and Time, this relation is glimpsed but remains in the background and is not mastered.

Only in fathoming the ground of the event does the steadfastness of Da-sein succeed in the modes of the sheltering of truth in beings and on the paths of that sheltering.

Here, in the sphere of grounding and of its thoughtful mastery, resides the context in which time and space come to their essential concept.

The essence of Da-sein, and thus the essence of the history grounded on Da-sein, is the sheltering of the truth of being, of the last god, in beings.

On this basis the form and the type of the future ones are determined.

189. Da-sein

If Da-sein essentially occurs only as belonging to the event, then, already with its first naming, that directive must be carried out in virtue of which Da-sein is essentially other than the mere formal determination (which does not concern us) of the ground of the human being.

Da-sein, if spoken of "formally," must be experienced as fulfilled, which means as the first preparation for the transition into another history of mankind.

Da-sein is experienced not when it is represented as an object but when it is carried out and withstood as Da-sein through a dislodging move into it.

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