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Heidegger's Heraclitean Comedy

Heidegger's Heraclitean Comedy Heidegger’s Heraclitean Comedy 1 Bernard Freydberg Slippery Rock University Abstract “Heidegger” and “comedy” are words that one seldom finds conjoined. However, in his 1943 Summer Freiburg lecture course entitled “ Der Anfang des abendländischen Denkens. Heraklit ,” the word “ komisch ” occurs significantly, it is regarded as superior to “ das Tragische ,” and thus can open up a new vista onto Heideggerian thought. In this paper, I discuss Heidegger’s interpretive translation of Heraclitus’ Fragment 123: Φύσις κρύπτεσθαι φιλεῖ . I attempt to show how Heidegger distinguishes his translation and interpretation from other great thinkers and other ways of thought, and how this distinction ultimately unfolds into that unlikeliest and untimeliest of beings, a uniquely comic Heidegger. Keywords Heidegger, Heraclitus, comedy, tragedy, interpretation Introduction In Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life , Dennis Schmidt makes the following stimulating observation: “In the end, the full treatment of the relation of tragedy and philosophy . . . needs to address the place of comedy in that relation. Both Hegel and Nietzsche will acknowledge this—if only marginally—while in Heidegger and Hölderlin one finds only a remarkable absence even of the word.” 2 Th e general sentiment concerning the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Heidegger's Heraclitean Comedy

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 37 (2): 254 – Jan 1, 2007

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Brill
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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916407X185683
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Heidegger’s Heraclitean Comedy 1 Bernard Freydberg Slippery Rock University Abstract “Heidegger” and “comedy” are words that one seldom finds conjoined. However, in his 1943 Summer Freiburg lecture course entitled “ Der Anfang des abendländischen Denkens. Heraklit ,” the word “ komisch ” occurs significantly, it is regarded as superior to “ das Tragische ,” and thus can open up a new vista onto Heideggerian thought. In this paper, I discuss Heidegger’s interpretive translation of Heraclitus’ Fragment 123: Φύσις κρύπτεσθαι φιλεῖ . I attempt to show how Heidegger distinguishes his translation and interpretation from other great thinkers and other ways of thought, and how this distinction ultimately unfolds into that unlikeliest and untimeliest of beings, a uniquely comic Heidegger. Keywords Heidegger, Heraclitus, comedy, tragedy, interpretation Introduction In Germans and Other Greeks: Tragedy and Ethical Life , Dennis Schmidt makes the following stimulating observation: “In the end, the full treatment of the relation of tragedy and philosophy . . . needs to address the place of comedy in that relation. Both Hegel and Nietzsche will acknowledge this—if only marginally—while in Heidegger and Hölderlin one finds only a remarkable absence even of the word.” 2 Th e general sentiment concerning the

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Heidegger; interpretation; tragedy; comedy; Heraclitus

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