Bohr’s orbit theory to the present quantum mechanics.]: ‘… it is ridiculous to treat everything as if the System were complete, and then to say at the end, that the conclusion is lacking. If the conclusion is lacking at the end, it is also lacking in the beginning, and this should therefore have been said in the beginning. A house may be spoken of as finished even if it lacks s minor detail, s bell-pull or the like; but in s scientific structure the absence of the conclusion has retroactive power to make the beginning doubtful and hypothetical, which is to say: unsystematic.’—S. Kierkegaard, CUP, pp. 16-17 Heidegger, Martin, Being and Time, Harper & Row, 1962 [a translation by John Macquarrie and Edward Robinson of Sein und Zeit, seventh edition, Tübingen, Neomarius Verlag, 1953] Inside the front cover Ven. Ñå~av⁄ra Thera has inscribed the passage from Camus’ Le Mythe de Sisyphe quoted (in English translation) in L 40 [13.ii.64] and L 151 [8.v.65]. p. 17/13-14 [Einführung in die Metaphysik] u/l: This book gets fairly rough handling by Jean Wahl (Professeur à la Sorbonne) in his study of it, entitled Vers la fin de l’ontologie (SEDES, Paris, 1956). Heidegger is right, in that there is more of a problem of Being than Wahl will admit; but s he goes too far, in that he takes Being as a Good Thing. It is necessary to account for the difference between ‘I am’ (or ‘he is’) and ‘it is’, and Being and Time does not quite succeed, and does in fact ‘volatilize the core of Dasein’ (see p. 153). But Heidegger’s latter efforts (as in this Einführung in die Metaphysik) still fail to account for the apparently ‘eternal’ element in Being (which, for Heidegger, is essentially temporal). Cf. M. Wyschogrod, Kierkegaard and Heidegger (London: Kegan Paul, 1954). Where Sartre disagrees with Heidegger (see L’Être et le Néant), Heidegger’s view is nearly always to be preferred. p. 32/21-33/3 [Here “Being-ontological” is not yet tantamount to “developing an ontology”. So if we should reserve the term “ontology” for that theoretical inquiry which is explicitly devoted to the meaning of entitles, then what we have had in mind in speaking of Dasein’s “Being-ontological” is to
Published on Jun 26, 2013
Part B includes two early essays (Nibbana and Anatta and Sketch for a Proof of Rebirth) as well as notes from a Commonplace Book and Margina...