THE MEANING OF THE EARTH by GÜNTER FIGAL University of Freiburg A BSTRACT Earth possesses a double-character: it supports life and grounds perception and expe- rience, but because of being this very base, also restricts these stances, since as base of any activity, theoretical or practical, it cannot be overstepped. Thus, earth itself is also groundless. Nevertheless, this duplicity is not contradictory, is no dualism, when formulated as earth being both a space of movement and a space of sense. Understanding this duplicity means understanding the intertwining of these two spaces by articulating the possibilities of movements within sense; it means an understanding of sense and meaning in moving. This is the task of philosophy: both alienation from earth and the matter-of-course of its sense and return to it by taking part in its sense of moving and becoming. This is gained by interpretation, of which we draw on as a model reading Nietzsche on ‘Will to Power’ and perspectivity, and Plato’s conception of dialectic. Thus, inter- pretation represents itself sensibly in earth’s duplicity. I The earth is ground and base; it is what is solid, what provides sup- port. So we experience it, overlooking that to the
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2002
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