Monday, April 11, 2005

Martin Heidegger, "What is Metaphysics?" Part 2a

II. The Elaboration of the Question

What is the nothing? Our very first approach to this question has something unusual about it. In our asking we posit the nothing in advance as something that is such and such; we posit it as a being. But that is exactly what it is distinguished from.

the nothing is the negation of the totality of beings; it is nonbeing pure and simple...more original than the “not” and negation.

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