November 09, 2006

Hegel, Heidegger, Sri Aurobindo, Gebser

Re: Derrida, Death and Forgiveness by Andrew J. McKenna by Rod on Wed 08 Nov 2006 08:05 PM PST Profile Permanent Link On the basis of just a few lines you have grasped and anticipated much of the argument of the book, which you will surely get much joy from reading in full. Let me share a few more lines to reinforce the insight about the significance of intuition, leading even to gnosis, percceived by Heidegger. As I mentioned a few days back, at the beginning of this discussion, this is the most “spiritual” of Heidegger’s writings. As Joan Stambaugh says, it “reveals a dimension of his thinking which has never been previously published in English.” This was written in 1936 (not 1933) and contains notes for similar lectures in 1941-43 (significant dates no doubt), where the Greek term aition, also later adopted by Gebser, is introduced. The translation in 1958 was assisted by Heidegger as he was writing his book on Hegel's concept of reason, a sort of last word on the subject of the concealment of Being. At any rate, in this 1936 treatise we have Heidegger’s theology, and also the statement of his methodology of thinking that achieves a transformation of consciousness. The basis of this possibility seems to be identical with Sri Aurobindo’s interpretation of the Vedantic method.

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