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The influence of Schleiermacher's second speech "On Religion" on Heidegger's concept of "Ereignis"

Jensen, A. (2008) The influence of Schleiermacher's second speech "On Religion" on Heidegger's concept of "Ereignis". The Review of Metaphysics, 61 (4). pp. 815-826.

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Abstract

MARTIN HEIDEGGER'S CONCEPT OF THE EREIGNIS has fascinated and puzzled interpreters of his philosophy. The strangeness of this concept is illustrated by the number of different translations. It has been rendered as "event of appropriation," "enowning," "happening," and "emergence" (1)--and this list of translations is far from complete. Various explanations for the background of this term have been given, including the Eastern concept of Tao.

In this essay, I suggest that Heidegger's use of Ereignis is rooted in the young Heidegger's study of Schleiermacher's speeches On Religion in 1917. In the second speech, Schleiermacher speaks of a "mysterious moment," in which an individual thing is immediately perceived in relation to the universe. Only in a second stage is this immediate perception conceptualized. The same structure, as I am going to argue, can be found in the revelation of Being in the Ereignis, which is later conceptualized as Lauten des Wortes.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center
Copyright: 2008 The Review of Metaphysics
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/8827
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