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How Transformational Insight Gets Leveled Down to Mere Conceptual knowing Which Makes No Difference When distinctions fall from being disclosive openings to being mere descriptive characteristics or theoretical speculation their disclosive power is diminished. They become something which merely gets … Continue reading
Reading transformational writing is difficult work. The act of getting what is said confronts and challenges our deeply held superstitions about how being in the world actually works for us. This confronting of our superstitions makes us aware of them … Continue reading
For what that I got will the stars move? I’m not saying what I am telling you is true. I’m talking about climbing out on top of what I say, and looking out to see whatever there is to look … Continue reading
I kill off who I really am by talking in a manner deliberately calculated not to disturb others. It’s not what I say, but how I say it. I often talk in anodynes, and it is killing me. I am … Continue reading
Interpretation is taking something as something else. Interpretations are the “micro structure” of understanding. Being-in-the-world as understanding is constituted by a dynamic network of interpretations. For most of us, most of the time, everything shows up as already pre-interpreted by … Continue reading
The “There” / the Clearing The “there” is the disclosedness of being-in. Every way of comporting ourselves toward the world: being toward things in the world, having a world, acting in the world, is an instance of the fundamental existentiale … Continue reading
Understanding We have a skill for being, an ability-to-be, one might say a power-of-being. Heidegger’s word for this is Seinskönnen. Understanding is the existential being of this skill for being. Understanding is the showing up of this skill for being, … Continue reading
Moods are real and observable. Mood is also an important ontological phenomenon. If we ignore moods or treat them as mere psychological emotions or physiological sensations we miss the profound impact they have for human existence.
In Talk, what-is-said-in-the-talk is drawn from what-the-talk-is-about. Idle talk is talk that has lost, or is remote from, its actual basis in what-the-talk-is-about. This is commentary on Being and Time §35.
Talk is the ability to enunciate distinctions. Talk is one of the three existential components of the ‘there’. The others are understanding and mood (disposedness.) Talk is the articulation of intelligibility. The intelligibility of being-in-the-world expresses itself as talk. Talk is … Continue reading