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Saturday, July 26, 2008

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A living thing can indeed also be grasped as a spatiotemporal magnitude of motion, but then it is no longer apprehended as living. The inexactitude of the historical humanistic sciences is not a deficiency, but is only the fulfillment of a demand essential to this type of research. It is true, also that the projecting and securing of the object-sphere of the historical sciences is not only of another kind, but is much more difficult of execution than is the achieving of rigor in the exact sciences.

The Age of the World Picture - Heidegger

6 comments:

Charlie said...

This is, like, so totally false! As if a living thing won't be apprehended as a living thing when grasped as a spatiotemporal magnitude of motion! What a dork!

Kleiner said...

Remember that Heidegger is here talking about how we disclose (think) things! Being can be said (thought, disclosed) in many ways, and some modes of thoughts cover over as they disclose.

Kleiner said...

Think of it this way - when the owner of a logging company looks at a forest and thinks of it as, say, potential profit, doesn't that disclosure at the same time cover over the 'livingness' of the trees? Isn't he disclosing the trees in a way that is much different that the arborist or the hiker?
Recall the classic example of the hammer in BT, disclosing it in terms of its 'present-at-hand' properties (weight, etc) covers over its 'ready-to-handedness'.

Mike said...

Yeah, his idea of being is a lot how Wittgenstein sees language games. Except instead, it's full of its own language game.

Blightech said...

A Witty response indeed.

Mike said...

Also, all "modes of thought cover over as they disclose". Technological or Scientific Enframing isn't the only kind of framing to worry about.