The Six Joinings of Contributions

Setting beings free from their lostness in machination to the strangeness of be-ing occurs as the withdrawal of enowning from calculability. At this point, it is important to note that the occurrence of be-ing as withdrawal does not exhaust itself in its relation to the calculability of beings. We may thus distinguish two intertwined senses of withdrawal: the more originary sense refers to the withdrawal which echoes in the distress of the gods; it is also the originary refusal out of which enowning occurs. The withdrawal of be-ing (as enowning withdrawal) from calculability, i.e., from representational thought, is rooted in the primordial withdrawal. If we understand the withdrawal of be-ing only in reference to the fact that it cannot be re-presented, if we think that the withdrawal is nothing but the other side of the represented thing, we do not do justice to Heidegger’s thought because we would still be thinking metaphysically, i.e., with primary reference to beings. The essential swaying of be-ing, however, is not just the be-ing of beings. This may be why Heidegger stresses again and again that there is no immediate relation between be-ing as enowning withdrawal and beings, even if a being shelters the truth of be-ing: “[ . . . ] a being continues to belong to be-ing as the preserving of its truth, but a being can never transfer itself into the essential swaying of be-ing” (C334; B474). Why not? Because the essential swaying of be-ing occurs in (but not only in) the “not” of beings, because the withdrawal of be-ing is precisely what withdraws in the concealing-sheltering [verbergen] of truth.

In section 268, Heidegger further clarifies the relation between enowning and beings (that “take place” in enowning):

Be-ing holds sway as the en-ownment of gods and humans* to their countering. The strife of world and earth arises in the clearing of the sheltering of the “between” [Zwischen], which comes forth from within and along with the countering enownment. And only in the free-play of time-space of this strife is there preserving and loss of enownment and does that which is called a being enter the open of that clearing. (C336; B477)

The setting-free of beings in the withdrawal of enowning occurs through the mediation of the strife of earth and world, i.e., in the disclosure of a world in relation to the self-secluding of an earth which is disclosed