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Heidegger's Sache: A Family Portrait

Heidegger's Sache: A Family Portrait 161 Heidegger's Sache: A Family Portrait1 JOHN VAN BUREN Fordham University Heidegger so radically transformed the traditional question of being that he eventually gave up the term "being" for talking about what he was aiming at. The name reiterated through the many way stations or topoi of his thought from his student days to his latest thought was in fact the word Sache, topic, which can be translated also as matter, issue, problem, question, point of dispute. The later Heidegger liked to appeal to its original sense of court case or legal battle. Thus "the expression 'Sache', 'Sache of thinking' ... means disputed case, the disputable, the issue at hand." But the conflict and difference here is not initiated by the belligerence of human thought; rather "the Sache, the disputed case, is in itself a dis-cussion, a dis-pute [Aus-einander- setzung]," "the what-is-disputable-in-itself of a dispute." The sameness of the Sache, which contains difference in itself, is thus not to be confused with identity: "But the same [das Selbe] is not the identical [das Gleiche]. In the identical, difference disappears. In the same, difference appears. It appears all the more pressingly the more decisively thinking is concerned with the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Heidegger's Sache: A Family Portrait

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 22 (1): 161 – Jan 1, 1992

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Brill
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© 1992 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
DOI
10.1163/156916492X00142
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161 Heidegger's Sache: A Family Portrait1 JOHN VAN BUREN Fordham University Heidegger so radically transformed the traditional question of being that he eventually gave up the term "being" for talking about what he was aiming at. The name reiterated through the many way stations or topoi of his thought from his student days to his latest thought was in fact the word Sache, topic, which can be translated also as matter, issue, problem, question, point of dispute. The later Heidegger liked to appeal to its original sense of court case or legal battle. Thus "the expression 'Sache', 'Sache of thinking' ... means disputed case, the disputable, the issue at hand." But the conflict and difference here is not initiated by the belligerence of human thought; rather "the Sache, the disputed case, is in itself a dis-cussion, a dis-pute [Aus-einander- setzung]," "the what-is-disputable-in-itself of a dispute." The sameness of the Sache, which contains difference in itself, is thus not to be confused with identity: "But the same [das Selbe] is not the identical [das Gleiche]. In the identical, difference disappears. In the same, difference appears. It appears all the more pressingly the more decisively thinking is concerned with the

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Published: Jan 1, 1992

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