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A Poetics of Homecoming: Heidegger, Homelessness and the by Brendan Odonoghue

By Brendan Odonoghue

This research addresses a urgent nervousness of our time - that of homelessness. Tersely said, the philosophical importance of homelessness in its extra sleek context should be understood to emerge with Nietzsche and his discourse on nihilism, which indications the lack of the top values hitherto. Diverging from Nietzsche, Heidegger translates homelessness as a symptom of the oblivion of being. the aim of the current enquiry is to carefully confront humanity's nation of homelessness, and even as illumine the level to which Heidegger's idea engages with this pervasive phenomenon. In wondering the character of homelessness Heidegger's preoccupations with nihilism and sleek know-how end up the most important. additionally, his makes an attempt to beat or arrange for the overcoming of this kingdom of homelessness also are of significant import to the present research. Adorno and Levinas supply scathing opinions of Heidegger's idea because it pertains to the motifs of homelessness, homecoming (Heimkunft) and the German Heimat, as they affiliate it with provincialism and paganism, and so they declare it keeps surreptitious and pernicious political implications. In offering those opinions they bring about to gentle the dangers occupied with venture a homecoming enterprise, and so they additional convey how an outstanding philosopher can err tremendously. even though acknowledging the relevancy of those criticisms, this examine unearths how Heidegger's a variety of discourses on homelessness and homecoming endure fruitful insights which can give a contribution not only to a Germanic feel of homecoming yet to a feeling of homecoming that humanity at huge can relate to and be enriched by way of.

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P. 66 26 Plotinus, The Enneads, p. , p. 336. In line with his adherence to Platonism he states: “It has fallen: it is at the chain: debarred from expressing itself now through its intellectual phase, it 23 Philosophy as Homelessness and Homesickness 31 Yet, Plotinus’ account of how the world came into existence greatly differs from Gnosticism, as he talks about emanation ex deo (‘out of God’), which confirms the absolute transcendence of the One, making the unfolding of the cosmos purely a consequence of its existence; the One is in no way affected or diminished by these emanations.

P. , p. 70 Despite the contentious issues that have thus far been raised it is believed Heidegger’s thought concerning the theme of homecoming, while not flawless or immune to criticism, is enlightening and can contribute to a healthier way of being in the world for humanity. However, the criticisms leveled against him must be taken on board and if done so appropriately they can help pave the way for a broadened, more enlivened investigation into Heidegger’s texts. Overview of the Homecoming Venture The opening two chapters of this venture can be viewed as preparatory chapters as they pave the way for the investigation into Heidegger’s extensive thinking on the homeless nature of the human being and how this state may be countered by undergoing a poetic homecoming.

The Ancient experience of Homelessness and Homesickness Beginning with the Orphic tradition it is evident how those associated with this tradition conceived of the soul as being entrapped in the tomb of the body thus preventing it from experiencing its ‘true life’. M Linforth in The Arts of Orpheus, the term ‘Orphic’ is too vague and practically meaningless and is better off being avoided. On the other hand, Guthrie considers Orphism to be sustained by a core set of beliefs evinced by many writers, some of whom ascribe to the teachings of Orpheus, while others do not.

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