For those who are around Cambridge, I will be delivering a paper on some of my PhD research at the Faculty of Divinity on Tues 24 November at 2pm. Simone Kotva, recent doctoral graduate at Cambridge, will be responding. Info here.
c/o Lumen Christi
Heidegger gives a misty summary in ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking’:
…But “on the earth” already means “under the sky.” Both of these also mean “remaining before the divinities” and include a “belonging to men’s being with one another.” By a primal oneness the four—earth and sky, divinities and mortals—belong together in one.
Earth is the serving bearer, blossoming and fruiting, spreading out in rock and water, rising up into plant and animal. When we say earth, we are already thinking of the other three along with it, but we give no thought to the simple oneness of the four.
The sky is the vaulting path of the sun, the course of the changing moon, the wandering glitter of the stars, the year’s seasons and their changes, the light and dusk of day, the gloom and glow of night, the clemency and inclemency of the weather, the drifting clouds and blue depth of the ether. When we say sky, we are already thinking of the other three along with it, but we give no thought to the simple oneness of the four.
The divinities are the beckoning messengers of the godhead. Out of the holy sway of the godhead, the god appears in his presence or withdraws into his concealment. When we speak of the divinities, we are already thinking of the other three along with them, but we give no thought to the simple oneness of the four.
The mortals are the human beings. They are called mortals because they can die. To die means to be capable of death as death. Only man dies, and indeed continually, as long as he remains on earth, under the sky, before the divinities. When we speak of mortals, we are already thinking of the other three along with them, but we give no thought to the simple oneness of the four.
This simple oneness of the four we call the fourfold. Mortals are in the fourfold by dwelling. But the basic character of dwelling is to spare, to preserve. Mortals dwell in the way they preserve the fourfold in its essential being, its presencing. Accordingly, the preserving that dwells is fourfold.
Martin Heidegger, ‘Building, Dwelling, Thinking’ in Poetry, Language, Thought, 147-8
A fascinating interview with WH Auden from an old edition of the Paris Review.
Adam Kirsch gives a Heideggerian response to theories of art as useful evolutionary adaptation.
Terry Eagleton on a Christian response to Nietzsche at Commonweal.
Bruno Latour is interviewed about his latest book Modes of Existence.
Adam Kotsko makes a nice point against Fukuyama.
A Gentlemen’s Guide to Rape Culture by Zaron Burnett.
WK&C readers may be interested to know that your humble author will soon be relocating to Cambridge. I submitted and passed my MPhil at the Australian Catholic University a few months ago, and I’ll be starting a PhD in philosophy of religion at Cambridge in October. I’ll be working in the Divinity faculty, and writing on the philosophy of nature: can Aristotle and the theologians who followed him be reconciled to Darwin? can the scientific image be reconciled to the manifest image? can phenomenology speak to biology? I’ll work around questions like these.
Kate and I are very excited about the move, though we will of course miss our wonderful family and friends here in Australia. We have been warned about the weather.
I intend to carry on blogging here at WK&C during my doctoral studies, so you can look forward to at least another three years worth of absolutely irresistible content.