Heidegger and the Pathless Land



Thinking, because we are born into it, does not appear as anything out of the ordinary, that is, till we become conscious of it. When we pay attention to it, the possibility and phenomenon of thought appears stranger and stranger. That which is most familiar now looks inexplicable. And when we directly begin to contemplate this strange thing called thinking, by means of which each one unreflectively achieves their daily ends, a new dimension opens up before us which has no proper language in thought. In meditating on thinking, we can only be underway, as Heidegger puts it, and not arrive at quick or facile conclusions. Thought has inquired into phenomena, but has rarely inquired into itself. There is no ready path of inquiry to be followed but that of careful questioning and observing. To turn and face the origin (essence or matrix) of thinking, we have to first understand and become aware of the nature of the inner verbal and representational traffic thus slowing it down. Besides, since much of this inner traffic is verbal, we have to pay special attention to language and the nature of representation.


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  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBengaluruIndia

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