V. The Grounding [372-373]

239. Time-space28
(preparatory deliberation)

Space and time, each represented for itself and in their usual conjunction, arise out of time-space, which is more originary than they themselves and than their calculatively represented conjunction. But time-space belongs to truth in the sense of the originating essential occurrence of being as event. (Only on this basis can it be grasped why the relation between "being and time" transitionally points the way.) Yet the question is how and in what guise time-space belongs to truth. What truth itself is cannot be immediately and sufficiently said in itself, but only in grasping time-space.

Time-space is the appropriated sundering of the turning paths of the event, the sundering of the turning between belonging and call, between abandonment by being and beckoning intimation (the trembling in the oscillation of beyng itself!). Nearness and remoteness, emptiness and bestowal, verve and hesitation—in these the hidden essence of time-space resides, and so they cannot be grasped temporally and spatially on the basis of the usual representations of time and space.

How is this to be brought closer to the mode of representation usual today? In this regard, various preparatory ways can be taken, even if the surest way seems to be to abandon the entire previous domain in which space and time have been represented and conceptualized and attempt to start afresh. But that is not possible, since the issue here is not at all the mere modification of representation and of the directionality of representation; rather, what is called for is a dislodging of the essence of the human being into Da-sein. Questioning and thinking must indeed be inceptual, but they must still be precisely transitional (d. The interplay).

Meditation on the provenance out of the history of the first beginning (being as beingness—constant presence) is unavoidable. What must be shown is how it happens that space and time become representations as schemata (concept of "ordo") ("forms of intuition") for "mathematical" calculation and why these concepts of space and time dominate all thinking, even and precisely where there is talk of "lived time" (Bergson and others).

28. Cf. The interplay, 108. The basic metaphysical positions within the history of the guiding question and their respective interpretations of time-space (or of space and time); d. lecture course, Die Frage nach dem Ding: Zu Kants Lehre von den transzendentalen Grundsatzen, winter semester 1935-36 (GA41), p. 14ff.