Thursday, April 07, 2005

Martin Heidegger, "What is Metaphysics?" Part 1b

I. The Unfolding of a Metaphysical Inquiry

Science wants to know nothing about the nothing. Yet it
is equally certain that when science tries to express its own
essence, it appeals to the nothing for help. It makes a claim
on what it rejects. What kind of double valence is showing up
here?

By reflecting on our factical existence -- an existence
determined by science -- we find ourselves caught up in a
controversy in which a question has already unfolded. That
question merely needs to be directly asked: What about the
nothing?

Heidegger's What is Metaphysics Part 1b - click to play