§323 [289–290]

Heedfulness is inceptual thinking in the other beginning, a thinking which necessarily penetrates through the markings.

Heedfulness [Aufmerksamkeit] is the future German term for the future mode of essential, i.e., inceptual thinking, a mode grounded by the Germans. It is the other, more inceptual term for “philosophy.”


Heedfulness—as inceptual thinking, which arises out of experience of the history of beyng, experience to which the past as metaphysics has been revealed—is outside of all “reflexion” and every “systematics” and “science.” The plight and necessity of heedfulness constitute the steadfastness of Da-sein; i.e., they constitute the experience of Da-sein itself out of the greeting of the beginning.

321. On heedfulness

Heeding the beginning.
Heedful—steadfast in heeding.
Heedfulness—steadfastness in heeding.
Heeding—inceptual remembrance, essential thinking.
Heeding—to let heed through the markings.
Heeding the intimations.
The intimations and the beginning (event).
Heedfulness is the heedful name for essential thinking, the changed “title” for “philosophy.”

322. On heedfulness

Do we hear a sounding of the voice of beyng or only the echo of the language of our corresponding? But how is there corresponding? Is it always already only the answer to the counterword of the echo? But what if the echo were the response of Da-sein and of its steadfastness, the steadfastness which originally experiences the inceptual? That would testify to the echo as an original sounding.

323. Heedfulness

Heedfulness [from Aufmerken, “noticing,” “marking down”]: mark— “sign.” The mark—that by which something “emerges” for us, by which we “notice” something, i.e., experience it, i.e., are struck by it, feel its presence; νοός, become aware of [innewerden]—(intimacy) (these relations