By Brendan Odonoghue
This research addresses a urgent anxiousness of our time - that of homelessness. Tersely acknowledged, the philosophical importance of homelessness in its extra glossy 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 scrupulously confront humanity's nation of homelessness, and while 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. furthermore, 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 evaluations of Heidegger's notion 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 reviews they carry to mild the dangers eager about project a homecoming enterprise, they usually additional express how a superb philosopher can err drastically. even if 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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Extra info for A Poetics of Homecoming: Heidegger, Homelessness and the Homecoming Venture
How I must hear of the seven and twelve mysteries, how must I groan! 2 Homelessness and homesickness have come to be prevalent motifs within philosophical discourse from Greek philosophy right through to modernity and beyond. However, there have been many transformations and variations in the meaning and significance of these formative ideas and so elucidating the crucial role they have played in shaping Western philosophy proves to be a hazardous task. Nonetheless, at the risk of over simplification a broad distinction can be made between an ancient or traditional philosophical understanding of homelessness and homesickness and a more modern sense of homelessness and homesickness.
Following on from chapter three, the ensuing chapter tackles the problem of ‘homelessness’ in its more modern context. In chapter four: ‘Confronting Nihilism’ I provide a critical exposition of Heidegger’s attempt to confront nihilism via Nietzsche, in order to discern the nature of the homelessness besetting humanity. For Heidegger, as was mentioned previously, nihilism is another name for metaphysics, whereby being lies in oblivion. Furthermore, he considers modern technology not only to be a 71 72 WP, p.
While for a more modern and contemporary consideration or interpretation of what is meant by ‘homelessness’ and ‘homesickness’ I turn initially to Nietzsche and conclude with thinkers like Deleuze, Derrida and Moriarty. In chapter two: ‘The German appropriation of the Ancient Greeks’ I narrow the focus of my investigation by examining how many prominent Germans writers, starting with Winckelmann in the eighteenth century, attempted to passionately appropriate the ancient Greeks in order to establish their own Germanic sense of ‘home’.
A Poetics of Homecoming: Heidegger, Homelessness and the Homecoming Venture by Brendan Odonoghue